The Material Culture Lab is a hub for research on material culture in archaeology at Cambridge. Members are researchers at the doctoral, post-doctoral and faculty levels, and current research spans from the Palaeolithic to modern society and from aspects of cognition and symbolism to heritage and identity construction. Common, but not exclusive, overlapping themes being explored in the laboratory include the use of art in society, the construction of social identities through material objects and the role of technologies in materialising social knowledge. Among many other places, members work in Argentina, eastern North America, India, Sweden, the eastern Baltic, and South Africa.
The Material Culture Lab webpages are being redeveloped. The existing pages are here.
The Material Culture Lab hosts events such as regular seminars, guest lectures, and a Thinking About Things journal club and discussion group.