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First complete genome data extracted from ancient Egyptian mummies

First complete genome data extracted from ancient Egyptian mummies

Study finds that ancient Egyptians were most closely related to ancient populations from the Middle East and Western Asia.

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The Future of Africa’s Past: Establishing the first Professorship of the Deep History and Archaeology of Africa

The Future of Africa’s Past: Establishing the first Professorship of the Deep History and Archaeology of Africa

The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University is immensely grateful to the Jonathan and Jennifer Oppenheimer Foundation for a generous benefaction which will endow a new high-level research post: the Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Professorship of the Deep History and Archaeology of Africa.

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Peterborough exhibitions to display Must Farm and Cathedral finds

Two upcoming exhibitions in Peterborough highlight recent archaeological excavations undertaken by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit

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British Academy launch report on challenges facing archaeology today

The British Academy has published a report calling for action to safeguard the future of UK archaeology.

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Tiller the Hun? Farmers in Roman Empire converted to Hun lifestyle – and vice versa

Tiller the Hun? Farmers in Roman Empire converted to Hun lifestyle – and vice versa

New archaeological analysis suggests people of Western Roman Empire switched between Hunnic nomadism and settled farming over a lifetime. Findings may be evidence of tribal encroachment that undermined Roman Empire during 5th century AD, contributing to its fall.

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Re-Animating the Nameless Dead : A Face of Medieval Cambridge Revealed

As part of the Wellcome Trust-funded project, "After the plague: health and history in medieval Cambridge," archaeologists have revealed a face of medieval Cambridge.

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ERC : Celebration of ten years of Anthropology, Archaeology and Classics Projects

The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research will host a European Research Council celebration event on Thursday, 16 March as part of ERC Week

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The Train that Floats in the Sky - Cambridgeshire's remarkable high-speed hovertrain experiment of the 1960s and '70s

As part of ongoing investigations into ‘fenland utopias’ by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit (CAU), the story of Cambridgeshire’s hovertrain is the subject of a new short film - The Train that Floats in the Sky.

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Baltic hunter-gatherers adopted farming without influence of mass migration, ancient DNA suggests

Ancient DNA analyses show that – unlike elsewhere in Europe – farmers from the Near East did not overtake hunter-gatherer populations in the Baltic. The findings also suggest that the Balto-Slavic branch of the Indo-European language family originated in the Steppe grasslands of the East.

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Ethiopian site sheds new light on human behaviour in the Middle and Late Stone Age

Recent sedimentological and dating results from the sequence of Goda Buticha cave, southeastern Ethiopia, yield new data on human occupation of the region during the period 65,000 to 1,000 years ago.

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PUBLISHED: The archaeology of the Niah Caves, Sarawak. (Volume II)

Edited by Graeme Barker and Lucy Farr, this book is the companion volume to Rainforest Foraging and Farming in Island Southeast Asia: the Archaeology of the Niah Caves, Sarawak. Together, they describe the most significant results of the Niah Caves Project.

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The Ancient Indus Civilization’s Adaptation to Climate Change

Published in Current Anthropology, a new article explores how an ancient culture dealt with variable environments.

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Revealing Cambridge's Augustinian Friary

Over the past three months a team from the Cambridge Archaeological Unit have been undertaking the largest excavation ever of a medieval religious house in Cambridge.

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Nonino Prize 2017 awarded to Cyprian Broodbank

A further prestigious literary award for Cyprian Broodbank volume 'The Making of the Middle Sea'

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New MPhil bursaries for 2017-18 entry

Archaeology at Cambridge is pleased to announce the creation of a series of new bursaries for MPhil students for the academic year 2017-18 across its whole course range.

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Public Invited to Archaeology Open Day in Cambridge City Centre

The Cambridge Archaeological Unit (CAU) are hosting an Archaeology Open Day on Saturday 17 December on the site of major excavations taking place as part of the University of Cambridge’s redevelopment of the New Museums site.

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WATCH ONLINE: 28th annual McDonald Lecture - Prof Eske Willerslev

Prof Eske Willerslev's presentation "Human Migration and Mega Faunal Extinctions" at the 28th annual McDonald lecture now available to watch online.

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Farming rice in India much older than thought, used as a ‘summer crop’ by the Indus Civilisation

Thought to have arrived from China in 2000 BC, latest research shows sustainable domesticated rice agriculture in India and Pakistan existed centuries earlier, and suggests systems of seasonal crop variation that would have provided a rich and diverse diet for the Bronze Age residents of the Indus valley.

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Cambridge Archaeology at the Festival of Ideas

Cambridge Archaeology are hosting a number of events throughout this year's Festival of Ideas. Find out more!

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Roger Bland announced as a British Academy’s President’s Medal winner

Senior Fellow of the McDonald Institute, Bland receives recognition for his contribution to the protection, and academic and public understanding, of Britain’s cultural heritage

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Genetic ‘trace’ in Papuan genomes suggests two expansions out of Africa

Several major studies, published today, concur that virtually all current global human populations stem from a single wave of expansion out of Africa. Yet one has found 2% of the genome in Papuan populations points to an earlier, separate dispersal event – and an extinct lineage that made it to the islands of Southeast Asia and Oceania.

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Dr. David Trump, FSA, UOM (1931-2016)

Well-known archaeologist David Trump, who led some of the finest explorations in Malta, has died at the age of 85.

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Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day Wednesday 2 November 2016

The University of Cambridge is proud to be hosting the first Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 2 November 2016.

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Ancient dental plaque sheds new light on the diet of Mesolithic foragers in the Balkans

Micro-fossils trapped in dental calculus reveal that Late Mesolithic foragers were consuming domesticated plant foods c. 6600 BC, almost 400 years earlier than previously thought.

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Senior Academic promotions for Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

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Feeding the first cities: Isotopic evidence for agricultural extensification in ancient Mesopotamia

Jun 06, 2017

New study sheds light on the agricultural economy that underpinned the emergence of the first urban centres in northern Mesopotamia.

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