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Department of Archaeology


The research carried out in the Department of Archaeology and at the McDonald Institute primarily falls within six research themes that foster links across periods, regions, methods, and theoretical approaches.

The boundaries between these themes are deliberately permeable and many researchers also publish across them. The theme-groups include senior academic staff, post-doctoral research fellows, postgraduate students and undergraduate students developing research interests in a particular field, who meet regularly through a network of ca. 25 seminar, project, and laboratory groups. This combination of focus, interaction and intensive activity strengthens the cohesion of Cambridge's large archaeological research community and fosters its richness and diversity. Our research is also greatly enriched by the many scholars from all parts of the world who come to pursue their research for a term or a year.

Research in the Department of Archaeology and McDonald Institute is fostered by a Research Committee with representation across our constituencies, a system of mentoring for early career and newly appointed colleagues, and a team of dedicated professional research-support staff. There is also generous financial provision in support of research priming, research impact and returning carers, at both the University and Departmental/Institute levels.