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Our History

The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in the University of Cambridge was established in 1990 through a generous benefaction from the late Dr D.M. McDonald. The benefaction enabled the University to construct and maintain purpose-built premises for the Institute which include research rooms and laboratories, together with archive space and a seminar room.

 

dm-mcdonaldDr Daniel McLean McDonald, born in Fort William, Scotland, in 1905, had degrees in Engineering (Glasgow) and Medicine (Birmingham). He was founder and Chairman of the BSR Group, manufacturers of record turntables and record changers. He died in his adoptive home, the Isle of Man, in February 1991.


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The founding director of the Institute was Professor Colin Renfrew - Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, formerly Disney Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology.

 

 

 

Background to the McDonald Institute Triskeles

Dr McDonald's choice of emblem for the Institute was influenced by the symbol of the Isle of Man, his adopted home. The winged feet of the Triskeles are those of Hermes, and were taken from a fifth-century Syracusan coin.

Upcoming events

Texture and temporality - identifying routine in the Must Farm pile-dwelling settlement assemblage

Feb 25, 2019

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

PalMeso Seminar Series

Feb 25, 2019

Seminar Room, LCHES, Fitzwilliam Street

Field Archaeology: Methods and Mayhem

Feb 25, 2019

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Queer(y)ing the Past: An Afternoon of Alternative Archaeology - with wine!

Feb 26, 2019

Henry Wellcome Building, Fitzwilliam Street

Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit

Feb 26, 2019

Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit, Seminar Room, Mond Building, Free School Lane

Computational & Digital Archaeology Laboratory Seminar Series

Feb 26, 2019

South Lecture Room, Department of Archaeology, Downing Street

CLANS (Cambridge Late Antiquity Network Seminar Series)

Feb 26, 2019

Room B16, David Williams Building, Faculty of Law

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research