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Thinking About Things (TAT) Reading Group Oct 27, 2017 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM Material Culture Laboratory, Room WB2.2, Downing Site,
Seminar led by Dr Parker VanValkenburgh on hybridity and colonisation
Garrod Research Seminar Oct 26, 2017 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Mark Knight (CAU) – Must Farm, Part I: an overview
Aegean Archaeology Group Oct 26, 2017 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM South Lecture Room, Division of Archaeology, Downing Site,
Discussion: Interpreting ritual deposits
Festival of Ideas Oct 26, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Festival of Ideas - Unravelling the stories of the dead: Rethinking truth and evidence through an archaeologist's lens
Egyptian World Seminar Series Oct 25, 2017 from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Fredrik Hagen, (University of Copenhagen) - A recently discovered archive from the mortuary temple of Tuthmose III
BioAnth Seminar Series Oct 25, 2017 04:20 PM Seminar Room, Henry Wellcome Building, Fi,
Sarah Elton, (Durham University) - Morphological and palaeoecological perspectives on baboon evolution
Ancient Near East Oct 25, 2017 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM South Lecture Room, Division of Archaeology, Downing Site,
Reading Group led by Vitali Bartash (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität) - Sumerian crime stories
McDonald Lunchtime Seminar Series Oct 25, 2017 from 01:15 PM to 02:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Erik Gjesfjeld, (University of Cambridge) - Exploring Risk and Resilience in the Archaeological Record
Americas Archaeology Group Oct 24, 2017 from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Darryl Wilkinson, (University of Cambridge) - The influence of Amazonia on state formation in the Ancient Andes
Ancient Near East Oct 24, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Vitali Bartash, (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität) - Children and the Early State: A Complex Socioeconomic Interplay in Mesopotamia
Later European Prehistory Group Oct 24, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM South Lecture Room, Division of Archaeology, Downing Site,
Tim Taylor, (Director of the Vienna Institute for Archaeological Science, VIAS) - Myths of the axial age: on the centrality of the Eurasian steppe
The Human Evolutionary Studies Group Oct 24, 2017 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM Seminar Room, Henry Wellcome Building, Fi,
Concepts in the Human Evolutionary Studies: a Room 101 Approach - Mark Thomas, (UCL) - Species and Migration
Heritage Research Group Oct 24, 2017 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Patrick Boylan, (Professor Emeritus of Heritage Policy and Management, City, University of London) - Campaigning for the strengthening of the protection of cultural property in times of armed conflict 1992 - 2017: a personal perspective.
Later European Prehistory Group Oct 23, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM West Building Seminar Room, Division Room, Downing Street,
Elisa Guerra Doce, (University of Valladolid) - A Stoned Age? Psychoactive substances in European Prehistory
The Ancient India and Iran Trust Oct 23, 2017 12:00 AM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Festival of Ideas talk by Cameron Petrie, (University of Cambridge) - Climate change and collapse: a (not so) simple story of the relationship between climate and the decline of South Asia's Indus Civilisation. (Please note this lecture is on a MONDAY).
The Ancient India and Iran Trust Oct 20, 2017 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM 23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge, CB2 8BG,
Festival of Ideas talk by Julius Lipner - Hinduism and the elusiveness of truth: the quest for Integrity
PalMeso Seminar Series Oct 20, 2017 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Ann Van Baelen, (University of Cambridge) - Renewed Investigations at Prospect Farm: A Middle/Late Pleistocene to Holocene Archaeological Sequence from the Central Rift, Kenya
Cambridge - Paris Seminar - Inside Prehistoric Societies: Dialogue on the epistemologies of Prehistory Oct 20, 2017 from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Dr Fiona Kildea (INRAP, France) and Enrico Crema (University of Cambridge) - What are data and how to handle it in Prehistory?
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.
George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Series Oct 20, 2017 from 01:15 PM to 02:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
POSTPONED - Eleanor Farber, (University of Oxford) - Temporal Trends in Medieval Diet and Health at Stoke Quay, Ipswich.
Material Culture Lab Lunchtime Talk Oct 20, 2017 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM Material Culture Laboratory, Room WB2.2, Downing Site,
Elisa Guerra Doce, (University of Valladolid) - A Give and take with the Gods: Brine-processing in prehistoric Central Iberia)
Heritage Research Group Oct 19, 2017 from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Heritage Fair - start of year social event
BioAnth Seminar Series Oct 18, 2017 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM Seminar Room, Henry Wellcome Building, Division of Biological Anthropology, Fi,
Susanne Hakenbeck, (University of Cambridge) - Huns and Romans: relationships between pastoral and agricultural populations on the late Roman frontier
McDonald Lunchtime Seminar Series Oct 18, 2017 from 01:15 PM to 02:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Dr Laura Buck, (University of Cambridge) - Did high levels of morphological flexibility facilitate colonisation of novel habitats during human evolution?
Field Archaeologist in Residence Lecture Oct 17, 2017 from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Sadie Watson, (Museum of London Archaeology, MOLA) - Communicating archaeology: current challenges to modern archaeological practice
Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit Oct 17, 2017 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM Seminar Room, The Mond Building, Free School Lane,
Bumochir Dulam, (UCL) - The power of a master: Respect among Mongols in rural China
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Lunchtime Seminars Oct 17, 2017 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Kirstie Williams, (MAA) - The UCM Project
The Human Evolutionary Studies Group Oct 17, 2017 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM Seminar Room, Henry Wellcome Building, Division of Biological Anthropology, Fi,
Robert Foley, (University of Cambridge) - Symbolic thought (as part of this term's 'Concepts in Human Evolutionary Studies; a Room 101 approach')
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Lunchtime Seminars Oct 17, 2017 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Kirstie Williams, (MAA) - The UCM Plastics Project
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

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Aegean Archaeology Group

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Heritage Research Group

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George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Series

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