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McDonald Lunchtime Seminar Series Jun 07, 2017 from 01:15 PM to 02:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Dr Laura Buck (University of Cambridge) – Do humans inhabit a "Colonising niche"? Comparing human and macaque skeletal adaptive responses to climate
Asian Archaeology Group Jun 05, 2017 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Roger Blench, (University of Jos and McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research) - From stone (bowls) to iron without ceramics: Questioning narratives of Neolithisation via the ethnohistory of Northeast India
Thinking About Things (TAT) Reading Group Jun 05, 2017 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM Material Culture Laboratory, Room WB2.2, Downing Site,
Further discussion on the Alternatives to Hierachy theme.
The Ancient India and Iran Trust Jun 02, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM 23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge, CB2 8BG,
Hans Bakker, (British Museum) - The Huns in Central and South Asia
Ancient Near East Seminar Series Jun 02, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM South Lecture Room, Division of Archaeology, Downing Site,
Tzvi Abusch, (Brandeis University) - Some synchronic and diachronic observations on a Babylonian prayer type
PalMeso Seminar Series Jun 02, 2017 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Thomas Terberger, (University of Göttingen) - Eastern influences on the Mesolithic of the western Baltic: facts or fantasy?
George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Series Jun 02, 2017 from 01:15 PM to 02:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Miriam Cubas, (University of York) - Early pottery in the Atlantic Coast of Europe: An approach from organic residue analysis
Heritage Research Group Jun 01, 2017 from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Máiréad Nic Craith, (Heriot-Watt University) - From the Islandman to the Island-people – representing community heritage in a museum
Leverhulme Lecture May 31, 2017 from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Matthew Spriggs, (The Australian National University) - Second Leverhulme Lecture 2017- Different but similar? Neolithic colonisation processes on islands and continents compared
BioAnth Seminar Series May 31, 2017 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM BioAnth Lecture Theatre, Room 41, Division of Biological Anthropology, Pembroke Street, CB2 3QG,
James Holland Jones, (Stanford University & Imperial College) - The most rational people in the world
McDonald Lunchtime Seminar Series May 31, 2017 from 01:15 PM to 02:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Dr Marianne Hem Eriksen (University of Cambridge) – The longhouse of Iron-Age Scandinavia: Death, commemoration, and infant deposition
CDAL Workshop May 30, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Xavier Rubio-Campillo, (University of Edinburgh) - The patterns of Roman trade: Identifying large-scale structure in ancient economies
Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit May 30, 2017 from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM Seminar Room, The Mond Building, Free School Lane,
Michael Puett, (Harvard University) - Master, Host, Demon, God
Material Culture Lab Lunchtime Talk May 29, 2017 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM Material Culture Laboratory, Room WB2.2, Downing Site,
Short talk by lab members on current work followed by discussion and comments.
The Ancient India and Iran Trust May 26, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM 23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge, CB2 8BG,
Jesse Palsetia, (Guelph) - Parsi traders & travellers in the Age of Empire
PalMeso Seminar Series May 26, 2017 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM South Lecture Room, Division of Archaeology, Downing Site,
Chris Stimpson, Queen's University Belfast) - Pleistocene palaeoecology of the Nefud desert: Insights from vertebrate palaeontology
George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Series May 26, 2017 from 01:15 PM to 02:00 PM South Lecture Room, Division of Archaeology, Downing Site,
Christine Lane, (University of Cambridge) - Correlation of archaeological and palaeoenvironmental sequences using volcanic ash layers
Egyptian World Seminar Series May 24, 2017 from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Cary Martin, University College London - State Archives in Late Period Egypt: Two Collections of Administrative Texts from the Late Sixth and Fifth Centuries BCE
BioAnth Seminar Series May 24, 2017 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM Seminar Room, Henry Wellcome Building, Division of Biological Anthropology, Fi,
Sarah Myers, (University of Kent) - Evolutionary perspectives on maternal investment - from conception (or not) onward
McDonald Lunchtime Seminar Series May 24, 2017 from 01:15 PM to 02:00 PM McDonald Lunchtime Seminar Series,
Roha Khalaf, (Independent scholar, Canada) - The World Heritage of destruction and reconstruction: towards new guidance
CDAL Workshop May 23, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Tom Currie, (University of Exeter) - The cultural evolution of human social complexity: New models and new datasets for investigating a major feature of human history
D Caucus Classical Archaeology Seminar May 23, 2017 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM Room 1.04, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA,
Ian Haynes, (Newcastle University) - Rethinking ritual and religion on the Imperial Frontier: The Roman Temples Project, Maryport
Heritage Research Group May 23, 2017 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Laura McAtackney, (Aarhus University) - Working towards a heritage of institutionalized women in independent Ireland: The Kilmainham Gaol Project
Field Archaeology: Methods and Mayhem May 22, 2017 from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Michael Bamforth, (University of York) - The wonderful world of waterlogged wood: A field archaeologist guide
Asian Archaeology Group May 22, 2017 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Daniela De Simone, (British Museum) - Mauryan Pāṭaliputra: A Re-assessment of the Archaeological Evidence
Material Culture Lab Lunchtime Talk May 22, 2017 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM Material Culture Laboratory, Room WB2.2, Downing Site,
Short talk by lab members on current work followed by discussion and comments.
PalMeso Seminar Series May 19, 2017 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM South Lecture Room, Division of Archaeology, Downing Site,
Andy Shaw, (University of Southampton) - Repeopling La Manche: New perspectives on Neanderthals from La Cotte de St Brelade
George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Series May 19, 2017 from 01:15 PM to 02:00 PM South Lecture Room, Division of Archaeology, Downing Site,
Andrew Clarke, (University of Cambridge) - Crops, archaeogenetics and gourd hats: What we're learning and where we're going
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.
BioAnth Seminar Series May 17, 2017 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM
Jacob Dunn, (Anglia Ruskin University) - Bawls, balls and brains: Primate vocal communication and the evolution of speech

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Social inequality before farming?

Jan 22, 2018

McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street

Later European Prehistory Group

Jan 22, 2018

West Building Seminar Room

Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit

Jan 23, 2018

The Mond Building, Free School Lane

D Caucus Seminar

Jan 23, 2018

Room 1.04, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue

CLANS Cambridge Late Antiquity Network Seminar Series

Jan 23, 2018

Room B16, Faculty of Law, West Road

McDonald Lunchtime Seminar Series

Jan 24, 2018

McDonald Institute, Downing Street

BioAnth Seminar Series

Jan 24, 2018

Seminar Room, Henry Wellcome Building, Fitzwilliam Street

Egyptian World Seminar Series

Jan 24, 2018

McDonald Institute, Downing Street

Aegean Archaeology Group

Jan 25, 2018

South Lecture Room, Department of Archaeology, Downing Stree

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