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African Archaeology Group

The African Archaeology Group was set up in 2008 to revive the African Seminar previously established by Dr John Alexander. Its aims are to discuss current research programs and results of Cambridge archaeologists working in Africa, to hold seminars by Africanist speakers, to bridge University departments and research bodies interested in Africa’s past, and to maintain the tradition of Cambridge’s long-standing involvement in African archaeology.

 

The seminars are followed by a wine reception.

 

African Archaeology Group Oct 24, 2016 from 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Eleanor Scerri, (University of Oxford) - Thinking about recent human evolution beyond the savannahs: The evidence from West Africa
African Archaeology Group Nov 21, 2016 from 01:15 PM to 02:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Ceri Ashley, (University of Pretoria and University of East Anglia) - Finding the imagined community of Mapungubwe in thirteenth century southern Africa
African Archaeology Group Jan 30, 2017 from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Ceri Shipton, (University of Cambridge) - Holocene rock art in the Jubbah Oasis (northern Arabia) and Afro-Asiatic connections
African Archaeology Group Feb 20, 2017 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Philippa Ryan, (British Museum) - Modern and ancient agricultural practices in Nubia, ethnographic and archaeobotanical perspectives into changing crop choices and foodways
African Archaeology Group Mar 06, 2017 from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Alice Stevenson, (Curator Petrie Museum) - Predynastic Egyptian figurines and the origins of the Egyptian state
African Archaeology Group May 02, 2017 from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM South Lecture Room, Division of Archaeology, Downing Site,
Julien Cooper, (University of Oxford) - The Narrative of Nomads: Reconstructing the history of the Blemmyes and the Eastern Desert in Antiquity
African Archaeology Group May 15, 2017 from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM West Building Seminar Room, Division Room, Downing Street,
Joanne Clarke, (University of East Anglia) - The Western Sahara (Title tbc)
African Archaeology Group Oct 16, 2017 from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Barbara Wills, (British Museum) - Mediaeval natural human mummies from the region of the Fourth Nile Cataract: conservation care and discoveries
African Archaeology Group Nov 13, 2017 from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Else Kleppe, (University of Bergen) - Potsherds as Grave Cover and Ritual Residue. On burial traditions in the Renk area, Upper Nile Province, south Sudan
African Archaeology Group Jan 29, 2018 from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Pierre de Maret, (Université Libre de Bruxelles) - The God Seth Animal: Real Egyptian Chimera or True African Creature?
African Archaeology Group Feb 19, 2018 from 04:30 PM to 05:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Darryl Stump, (University of York) - Is ‘resilience’ a sustainable concept? Potential archaeological contributions to resilience and sustainability assessments with reference to Engaruka, Tanzania and Konso, Ethiopia.
African Archaeology Group Apr 30, 2018 from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Peter Mitchell, (University of Oxford) - The Donkey's Tale: An Archaeological View of Donkeys in Human History
African Archaeology Group May 14, 2018 from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Jorge de Torres, (British Museum) - The Veins of the Horn: trade routes and merchants in Western Somalia (12th-16th centuries)

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Heritage Research Group

Oct 24, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

The Human Evolutionary Studies Group

Oct 24, 2017

Seminar Room, Henry Wellcome Building, Fi

Americas Archaeology Group

Oct 24, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Later European Prehistory Group

Oct 24, 2017

South Lecture Room, Division of Archaeology, Downing Site

Ancient Near East

Oct 24, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

McDonald Lunchtime Seminar Series

Oct 25, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Ancient Near East

Oct 25, 2017

South Lecture Room, Division of Archaeology, Downing Site

BioAnth Seminar Series

Oct 25, 2017

Seminar Room, Henry Wellcome Building, Fi

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