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The Computer Room of the Department of Archaeology contains 21 PCs running Windows 10, and 2 Apple Macs. These computers are part of the UIS-provided Managed Cluster Service (MCS) and offer a very wide range of open source and proprietary software. Of particular interest to archaeologists are the graphics, GIS, and statistical tools provided. The PCs have i7 processors and 16GB or 32GB of RAM.

Each user receives a standard allocation of disc space which is always accessible, regardless of which MCS machine a user logs into. This filestore is also accessible over the network, from home or indeed anywhere in the world.

Scanners enable the scanning of 35mm slides, A4 and A3 paper documents.

A colour laser printer provides A4 and A3 monochrome or colour printing, including stapling and folding, whilst a plotter allows the production of posters up to A0 in size. Printing is charged for, although postgraduate students receive a free quota each year.

A UIS wireless access point allows users to bring their laptops and devices, and connect to the Internet via Eduroam or the University wireless service (UniCam).

The computer room is available for use by archaeologists atg all times except when it has been booked for teaching: Closures will be notified on the door of the room. Access is controlled by University card and, between 030 and 1730, Monday to Friday, is provided as a matter of course to all postgraduate students, post-doctoral researchers and staff. Requests for 24--hour access, 7 days a week, or by undergraduates should be sent via email to

The Computational and Digital Archaeology Laboratory also manages an instance of the UIS Research Computing Infrastructure with16vCPU and 96GB of RAM.

Enquiries about this facility should be directed to General assistance is provided by the HSPS IT Helpdesk:

Computational and Digital Archaeology Laboratory
Department of Archaeology
Courtyard Building
Downing Street 
Cambridge CB2 3ER 


Director: Dr Enrico Crema

Computer Officer: David Redhouse