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McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Parent institution
Faculty of Human, Social, and Political Science
AffiliationUniversity of Cambridge
DirectorCyprian Broodbank
England Edit this at Wikidata

The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research is a research institute of the University of Cambridge in England.


The institute was established in 1990 through a benefaction from the late Dr Daniel McLean McDonald, a successful industrialist: the endowment totalled approximately £11 million.[1] McDonald (1905 – 1991) was founder and Chairman of the BSR Group, manufacturers of record turntables and record changers. The benefaction enabled the University to construct purpose-built premises for the Institute which include research rooms and laboratories, together with storage space, a seminar room and a modest library.

Mission and purpose

The Institute provides support for Cambridge-based researchers in the various branches of archaeology, with a particular interest in the archaeology of early human cognition. The Institute emphasises the value of archaeological science, and contains laboratories for geoarchaeology, archaeozoology, archaeobotany, and artefact analysis. The extensive faunal remains collection of the Department of Archaeology is now based within the McDonald Institute and a corresponding reference collection of plant remains is being assembled. There are also research rooms for post-excavation work on major field projects.

The institute is primarily a centre for post-doctoral research though it does provide facilities for a number of PhD students whose research fits within existing McDonald Institute themes. In addition to providing space for projects and researchers, the McDonald Institute also has an annual programme of grants for Cambridge-based projects, and an active publications division which produces the McDonald Institute Monograph series and the twice-yearly Cambridge Archaeological Journal.

Notable people


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  1. ^ "Editorial" (PDF). Antiquity: 7.
  2. ^ "Roger Bland announced as a British Academy's President's Medal winner". Division of Archaeology. University of Cambridge. 28 September 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2017.