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Past Events

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group Apr 03, 2019 from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Paul Spoerry, (Oxford Archaeology East) - Investigating the medieval salterns of Kings Lynn
Later European Prehistory Group Apr 01, 2019 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM West Building Seminar Room,
Melania Gigante (Pigorini Museum, Rome) - Natives, Greeks and Eastern people: palaeodemography and strontium isotopic analysis of human remains from the necropolis of Pithekoussai (8th-6th cent. BCE; Italy)
Big Data in Archaeology: Practicalities and Possibilities from Mar 27, 2019 09:00 AM to Mar 28, 2019 05:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Field Archaeology: Methods and Mayhem Mar 25, 2019 from 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Francesca Mazzilli (CAU) - Roman Pottern Workshop. A brief practical introduction to identification and understanding of the Roman pottery commonly found in the East of England. Allowing handling of both near complete vessels and the more common sherds found everyday
SCIENCE FESTIVAL: Rising Stars Mar 24, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, Robinson Way (Close to the Junction of Robinson Way and Long Road), CB2 0SZ,
Meet our scientific stars of the future as they introduce you to their research, and be the first to try out their new hands-on activities.
SCIENCE FESTIVAL: Skeletons in the closet at St John’s Mar 23, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM St John's College Old Library, St John's College, CB2 1TP,
For hundreds of years anatomists, archaeologists, and artists have been interested in the most durable part of the human body: our bones. From Margaret Beaufort’s book of hours to the photography of Samuel Butler, the special collections of St John’s College include unique examples of this human fascination with skeletons. Come and explore medieval manuscripts, photographs and ‘medicinal’ animal bones in the beautiful surroundings of one of the oldest libraries in Cambridge.
SCIENCE FESTIVAL: Ancient knowledge and modern science: rediscovering China’s terracotta army Mar 20, 2019 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Join Professor Marcos Martinón-Torres, Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science, for this in-depth look at the terracotta army - one of the most iconic archaeological discoveries in the world. So many questions remain. How were knowledge, materials and workforce orchestrated to create something so exceptionally large and sophisticated? Are all the warriors different? Why are their bronze weapons still sharp and shiny? Archaeological science is beginning to provide the answers.
SCIENCE FESTIVAL: Objects: carriers of knowledge Mar 19, 2019 from 05:30 PM to 06:45 PM Mill Lane Lecture Rooms , ML1, 8 Mill Lane, CB2 1RW,
What is this object? What is its value? Why should we care? 'Objects' is a new project being led by the Cambridge Global Food Security IRC. Cambridge researchers have been bringing their expertise together across disciplines to discuss objects relating to food security: from their history to their value, from what they represent to why we should care. We invite you to join these conversations, and share perspectives that may help us to address the complex challenge of food security for all. FEATURED OBJECTS INCLUDE: A head of wheat: could we survive without it? A potato specimen collected by Charles Darwin: highly nutritious or junk? Processed food: what are the cultural, economic and public health considerations?
SCIENCE FESTIVAL: Science on Saturday - The science of Archaeology Mar 16, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 04:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Were Neanderthals fussy eaters? What can bones tell us about a person's life? How were these stone tools made? What happened to this animal after its death? What did ancient Mesopotamia smell like? Science can help archaeologists answer these questions and many others. Discover the secrets revealed by pots, plants, soil, bones, textiles and maybe even fossilised poo! A hands-on drop-in event for the whole family!
George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Seminar Series Mar 15, 2019 from 01:15 PM to 02:00 PM South Lecture Room, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3RR,
David Pattinson (University of Leeds) - The Frustrating Geography of Bees in Chinese History
PalMeso Seminar Series Mar 14, 2019 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM South Lecture Room, Department of Archaeology, North Building, Downing Street,
Pierre Noiret and Timothée Libois (Université de Liège) - Questioning the Aurignacian-Gravettian "Transition": New data from Mitoc-Malu Galben, Romania
Professional Development Series Mar 13, 2019 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM Seminar Room, Henry Wellcome Building, Fitzwilliam Street,
tbc - Practicing Conference Talks
D Caucus Seminar Mar 12, 2019 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM Room 1.04, Faculty of Classics,
Frank Vermeulen (Gent Universiteit) - Regional town systems in Roman Italy: investigating the Central Adriatic area
Material cultures of natural history and ethnography from Mar 12, 2019 03:30 PM to Mar 15, 2019 01:00 PM Babington Seminar Room, MAA and McDonald Institute Seminar Room,
PalMeso Seminar Series Mar 08, 2019 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Policarpo Sánchez-Yustos (University of Cambridge) - The Early Acheulean in Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania). Past and present approaches
Garrod Research Seminars Mar 07, 2019 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Margarita Diaz Andreu (Universitat de Barcelona) - Rock art soundscapes: reflecting on the challenges ahead
Aegean Archaeology Group Mar 07, 2019 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM South Lecture Room, Department of Archaeology, North Building, Downing Street,
David Gill (University of Suffolk) - Winifred Lamb: Writing an Archaeological Biography
Americas Discussion Group Mar 07, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
POSTPONED - Joanne Pillsbury (Metropolitan Museum of Art) - Aztecs in the Empire City: Collecting Ancient American Art, 1877-1914
Cambridge Archaeology Field Group Mar 06, 2019 from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Building futures from the ruins of slavery in Pangani, Tanzania - Patricia Hart, Project Director
Biological Anthropology Seminar Series Mar 06, 2019 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM Seminar Room, LCHES, Fitzwilliam Street,
Diana Fleischmann (University of Portsmouth) - How to train your boyfriend: Integrating evolutionary psychology and behaviourist learning theory
Professional Development Series Mar 06, 2019 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM Seminar Room, Henry Wellcome Building, Fitzwilliam Street,
Argyo Nafplioti, Camila Alday, Akshyeta Suryanarayan, Chioma Ngonadi (University of Cambridge) - Working Abroad in Your Home Country
Ancient Near East Seminar Series Mar 05, 2019 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Selena Wisnom (University of Cambridge) - The uses of Mesopotamian literature
CLANS (Cambridge Late Antiquity Network Seminar Series) Mar 05, 2019 from 05:00 PM to 06:45 PM Room B16, David Williams Building, Faculty of Law,
Michele Salzman (University of California, Riverside) - Why Gibbon was Wrong: 472 and the Fall of Rome
D Caucus Seminar Mar 05, 2019 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM Room 1.04, Faculty of Classics,
Sophia Greaves (University of Cambridge) - Ideals of the ancient city. The intersect of archaeology and urban planning in Italy, 1860-1914
Later European Prehistory Group Mar 04, 2019 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Julia Farley (British Museum) - tbc
Medieval Archaeology Group Mar 04, 2019 from 01:15 PM to 02:00 PM South Lecture Room, Department of Archaeology, North Building, Downing Street,
Katherine Weikert, (University of Winchester) - Buildings and Time: Earlier Medieval Households and Contexts
Where the Wild Things Are: From the comfortable domus to glimpses of past ontologies from Mar 04, 2019 09:00 AM to Mar 05, 2019 05:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Seminar Series Mar 01, 2019 from 01:15 PM to 02:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Nicki Whitehouse (University of Plymouth) - Prehistoric Land-Use History and Food Production in Early Agricultural Societies
Garrod Research Seminars Feb 28, 2019 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Philipp Stockhammer (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and Max Planck Institute) - Bioarchaeological Prehistoriography: New Data from the Neolithic to the Early Bronze Age in Southern Germany
Heritage Research Group Feb 28, 2019 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
David Gill (University of Suffolk) - Winifred Lamb: Aegean Prehistorian and Museum Curator

Upcoming events

Other Events

Apr 23, 2019

Needham Research Institute, Sylvester Road

Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit

Apr 23, 2019

Seminar Room, The Mond Building, Free School Lane

Heritage Research Group

Apr 25, 2019

The McDonald Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Garrod Research Seminars

Apr 25, 2019

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Asian Archaeology Seminar Series

Apr 29, 2019

South Lecture Room, Department of Archaeology, North Building, Downing Street

Cambridge Archaeological Field Group

May 01, 2019

McDonald Institute Seminar Room

Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit

May 07, 2019

Seminar Room, The Mond Building, Free School Lane

Upcoming events

An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research