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McDonald Conferences and Workshops

Plant to Cloth Workshop Mar 25, 2015 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room,
Plant to Cloth: latest in archaeological plant fibre research
Art and Brain: How Imagery Makes Us Human Conference from Dec 07, 2015 09:00 AM to Dec 08, 2015 02:00 PM
An interdisciplinary discussion between archaeologists, neurophysiologists and artists to develop current understandings and interpretations of non-verbal communication in prehistory.
The Pasts and Presence of Art in South Africa: Technologies, Ontologies and Agents from Oct 27, 2016 05:30 PM to Oct 29, 2016 05:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Global interest in South African art has concentrated on evidence of early human behaviour, as well as on the region’s rich rock art tradition. In the first case, the mere presence or absence of ‘art’ has been regarded as an important diagnostic of ‘modern’ forms of behaviour. In the second, rock ‘arts’ have been interpreted largely through a wealth of regionally derived ethnographies. However, contemporary South African art has long been explicitly political and engaged in projects of societal transformation.
Studying Urbanism in First Millennium BC (Iron Age) Germany from Nov 07, 2016 12:00 PM to Nov 08, 2016 05:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
This two day workshop will bring together German, Anglo-American and Eastern European scholars, chosen to cover a wide range of relevant perspectives from urban centres to rural density to burial, from interpretative knowledge of material culture to overall models, and range in career progression from the recent doctoral to senior scholar.
Para-colonial legacies: German & British imaginaries of ancient Aegean landscapes from Dec 16, 2016 12:00 PM to Dec 17, 2016 06:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
This two-day workshop will aim to review diverging imaginaries of, and approaches to, the ancient Aegean resulting from para-colonial and subsequent historical legacies and seek ways to create new cross-fertilising approaches and international collaborations.
MAKING CITIES: Economies of production and urbanisation in Mediterranean Europe 1000-500 BCE International symposium from May 18, 2017 09:00 AM to May 19, 2017 05:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
This two-day symposium will focus on the economies of production at specific sites or regions of Greece, Italy and Spain during the period of urbanisation in order to place textile production in a wider economic context.
African Archaeology: the last ten years Sep 23, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
This one-day workshop is being held to mark the 10th anniversary of the Cambridge African Archaeology Group and the John Alexander seminar series at the University of Cambridge.
Cambridge - Paris Seminar - Inside Prehistoric Societies: Dialogue on the epistemologies of Prehistory from Oct 20, 2017 02:30 PM to Nov 24, 2017 12:00 AM
A bi-national series of exchange seminars held both in Cambridge and Paris. A total of six sessions will take place. Each session will focus on a particular topic, on which a Cambridge speaker will be mirrored by a Paris speaker. They will give an overview of the main epistemological trends of the discipline in relation to their own research and give their views on future directions emerging in the study of Prehistoric societies.

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Upcoming events

McDonald Lunchtime Seminar Series

Nov 22, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Twenty-ninth Annual Lecture

Nov 22, 2017

Biffen Lecture Theatre, Dept of Genetics, Downing Site

Special Lecture_BioAnth Seminar Series

Nov 23, 2017

Seminar Room, Henry Wellcome Building, Fitzwilliam Street

Aegean Archaeology Group

Nov 23, 2017

South Lecture Room, Division of Archaeology, Downing Site

Garrod Research Seminars

Nov 23, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Thinking About Things (TAT) Reading Group

Nov 24, 2017

Material Culture Laboratory, Room WB2.2, Downing Site

George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Series

Nov 24, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Cambridge - Paris Seminar - Inside Prehistoric Societies: Dialogue on the epistemologies of Prehistory

Nov 24, 2017

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research