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Large quantities of bronze - amounting to tonnes - were buried in isolated hoards in Europe during the final stages of prehistory, mainly during the Bronze Age and extending into the Iron Age. This practice was particularly intense on the Atlantic façade of the continent and, despite many years of...
A multi-disciplinary research project focusing on St. John's Hospital cemetery, Cambridge, with an aim to learn more about the lives of the medieval urban poor during the bubonic plague epidemic known as the Black Death.
A project exploring and preserving the archaeology of the ancient city of Tell el-Amarna, the short-lived capital built by the ‘heretic’ Pharaoh Akhenaten, and its historical context.
Archaeological science and globalisation: Great Zimbabwe For over three hundred years before European colonisation, Great Zimbabwe (AD 1250-1600) was widely networked, directly and indirectly, with the Indian Ocean Rim regions of Africa and Asia. On its part, Great Zimbabwe supplied gold, iron...
Chinese archaeometallurgy is undergoing a revolution. This is manifest in the use of advanced analytical methods but also in the study of previously neglected production remains, an expansion in the metals, chronologies and regional contexts being considered, and an explicit concern with grounding...
The metalwork of Pre-Columbian America has long fascinated scholars and the public alike. In addition to the sheer allure of gold, this attraction is exacerbated by the extraordinary technical skill that underpins many of these artefacts, as well as their mesmerising iconography, which evokes a...
This project looks at public attitudes and engagements with newly built chambered tombs which seek to replicate a prehistoric form for the internment of modern cremations.
The aim of the ERC project Beasts to Craft (B2C) is to document the biological and craft records in parchment in order to reveal the entangled histories of improvement and parchment production in Europe from 500-1900 AD.
Excavation and survey in southern Aspromonte.
A multidisciplinary project investigating the interrelations between crop plants, insect pollinators, and human management in prehistory.
Excavations of a Prehistoric and Roman landscape at Bury Farm, Stapleford, Cambridgeshire.
Co-production Networks for Community Heritage in Tanzania.
Archaeological investigation of the history of Cape Verde.
This project, funded by the McDonald Institute and the Society of Antiquaries, aims to survey of a WWI POW camp in Jersey in collaboration with the University of Liverpool and Bristol.
ENCOUNTER investigates the Jomon-Yayoi transition, a demic and cultural diffusion event that led the predominantly hunting, gathering, and fishing-based communities of the Japanese islands to adopt rice and millet farming during the 1st millennium BC.
Focusing on cultural heritage, the project is exploring awareness of the archaeology of Amarna alongside local relationships with the site.
A large-scale multi-disciplinary study of pre-Roman iron technology in the Iberian Peninsula.
In Africa is a five-year research programme to investigate the origins of our species - Homo sapiens - and its diversity in Africa, and aims at making new discoveries of early human fossils, archaeological sites and their environmental context.
A new archaeological project at the ancient city of Lagash in south Iraq (modern Tell al-Hiba) began in March-April of 2019. LAP is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge, University of Pennsylvania (USA) and Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage.
Taking as its starting point the radically new perspective offered by recent archaeological discoveries at Rendlesham in SE Suffolk, and with the East Anglian kingdom as the primary case study, this interdisciplinary project (running 2017-2020) aims to establish a new understanding of pathways to...
This project sets out to produce a comprehensive, problematised synthesis and interpretation of long-term social and economic dynamics along Mediterranean Africa during the Holocene (9600-700 BC).
This project analyses early Near Eastern materials and inscriptions holistically in the study of the commemoration of the individual from the Early Dynastic period through the first millennium BCE.
MendTheGap - Smart Integration of Genetics with Sciences of the Past in Croatia.
The project focuses on the models of circulation of raw materials during the Iberian Late Prehistory, as well as the use and social value given to the different materials, with special attention to metals and amber. During Late Prehistory a number of new materials come into play, from organic...
Minoan culture is often defined by its strong links with other eastern Mediterranean cultures, which engaged materials, ideas and people. This project aims to gain a better understanding of the relationship of Crete with the world outside the island through the lens of a key body of materials...
The analysis of a fuzzy frontier between the Etruscans and the Umbrians.
The Must Farm project is the first landscape scale archaeological investigation of deep Fenland, with its complex geological history.
A project investigating Modern human dispersal into Eurasia and its relation to Neanderthal extinction during the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition.
Quantitative meta-analysis of fish bones recovered from archaeological excavations with the aim of tracing human use of marine resources over the last 2000 years.
Caractérisation du comportement et adaptation des Néandertals et les hommes modernes pendant la transition entre le Paléolithique moyen et supérieur.
The Promised project forms a network of excellence in Bioarchaeology and Archaeological Materials Science within the Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture Research Center (STARC) at the Cyprus Institute linked with the advanced research centres in Archaeological Science at KU Leuven and the University of Cambridge.
Caracterización del comportamiento y adaptación de los neandertales y humanos modernos durante la transición entre el Paleolítico medio y superior.
This project seeks to develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the relationship between reparations, responsibility and victimhood in transitional societies.
Recording, analysing and interpreting the art of prehistoric fisher-gatherer-hunters in Southeastern Scandinavia.
This five-year project funded by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance seeks to write European heritage guidelines for Holocaust and Roma genocide sites in order to safeguard them for the future.
This project aims to identify sites at risk – such as through demolition, inappropriate reuse or threats to site integrity - and develop concrete ways of risk mitigation to safeguard the record for the future.
A Bronze Age fortified tell settlement on the right bank of the river Danube 30km south of Budapest.
Investigating human-animal relations in the ancient Near East, with equids (horses, donkeys and horse-donkey hybrids) as the main focus.
An international and interdisciplinary investigation of the interplay and dynamics of winter and summer rainfall systems and human adaptation to the ecological conditions created by those systems.
This project analyzes the historiography of the Yangshao Culture and its functioning as a heritage icon for the Chinese nation as well as its impact on various societal concerns.
Характеристика поведения и адаптации неандертальцев и современных людей к условиям МИС 3, включая условия перехода от среднего к верхнему палеолиту.

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