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    Clarke Hall: Archaeology of Cambridge[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-6″]Text[/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-6″]Text[/bs_col][/bs_row] Located on the ground floor, the Cambridge Gallery is devoted to British archaeology and, in particular, the archaeology of Cambridge and the surrounding area. The only display of its kind in the

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    Social Documentation

    The new MAA Documentation System combines open-source technologies with deep social computing principles to create a truly innovative approach to museum documentation. The new MAA Documentation System shifts the age-old documentation principles of standardized description and information accumulation to multi-vocal

    Recontextualizing Digital Objects

    This proposal, a collaboration between the Ashiwi Awan Museum and Heritage Center (AAMHC), , representing the Zuni Community of the Zuni tribe, New Mexico – USA, Dr. Ramesh Srinivasan, an expert in cultural and ethnographic approaches toward the creation and

    Rauru: Tene Waitere, Maori Carving, Colonial History

    Tene Waitere (1854-1931) was one of the greatest Maori carvers of the colonial period. He acquired his skills in a customary manner, and had a profound knowledge of carving traditions, but worked in a new world, in the decades following

    Art in Oceania

      The art traditions of Oceania have long been highly renowned. They have fascinated generations of museum visitors, artists, art historians, and anthropologists. While the profound influence of Pacific art on European modernists has often been noted, in recent decades

    The Sea of Islands: the Pacific in the 19th century

    This project involves work towards a major comparative history of the Pacific in the nineteenth century. While the historiography of the Pacific in the colonial age, and indeed of the colonial age in general, has oscillated between negative accounts that

    Rock Art

    Rock Art is an ongoing research project exploring the range, chronology, forms and contemporary meaning of Australian Rock Art from Arnem Land, Norther Australia. Fortunate circumstances – and good work by the first generation of field researchers – have provided

    Getty Images

    Getty Images is a two year research project, funded by the Getty Fund, to catalogue the photographic collections from the Arctic and Africa.

    TEXTILES

    The Textiles web site

    WORDIE EXPEDITION

    The Wordie Expedition Website is a geo-blog mashup, developed by the Museum and its MPhil students (2006-2007). It charts the voyage of the 1927 Wordie Expedition to Greenland and Baffin Island through interactive maps, blogs, comments and collections.    

    Visual Histories

      Visual Histories Web Site

    Blobgects

    Blobgects is an innovative experiment where catalogue entries of the Museum’s collections are presented in a BLOG format. Visitors can tag pages, select via a tag-cloud, comment, trackback and save searches, all within the catalogue blog.

    Bodies Exposed: Image and Identity

    In a visually overloaded world we are bombarded with images of how we should look, act, and think. These images can define who we are. This exhibition demonstrates the conflicting ways we represent ourselves by exploring themes such as beauty,

    The Archaeological Story according to BLACCXN

    An experiment in museum interpretation, AHRC Creative Fellow, Alana Jelinek, has written a new version of the archaeological story to sit alongside the texts already present on the ground floor of the museum. This new interpretation is written from the

    Pouhaki: A historic Maori flagpole arrives in Cambridge

    On Thursday December 4 2008, a powhiri (welcome) and ceremony of dedication took place at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, marking the installation in the permanent galleries of an eight-metre pouhaki, or fully-carved Maori flagpole. The pouhaki was carved

    Gandhi’s Children

    A shelter for children on the outskirts of Delhi provides food and accommodation for 350 boys. Some are orphans, others have been abandoned, still others have run away from home. About half are held under a court order, having been

    Kauage: Artist of Papua New Guinea

    Mathias Kauage was an exuberant painter and a founding figure of modern art in the Pacific. Kauage (c. 1944-2003) was born in Chimbu Province in the Papua New Guinea highlands. In the late 1960s he was employed as a labourer

    The Island

    Brook Andrew is one of Australia’s most exciting contemporary artists. He has worked across a range of media – photography, installation and performance – and exhibited widely over the last fifteen years. Motivated by questions of politics, language, and Australia’s

    Celebrating Ghana

                                                                              Celebrating Ghana –

    Gordon Bennett

    The 1807 act to abolish the transatlantic slave trade was a landmark event in the history of struggles against colonial exploitation, unfree labour, and institutional racism. Yet slavery, exploitation and racism persisted in many forms, and remain potent and poisonous

    Pasifika Styles

    Pasifika Styles was an exhibition and festival celebrating contemporary art work inspired by Maori and Pacific Island culture and historic collections. Showcasing selected works from New Zealand’s top contemporary and emerging artists, the exhibition was presented in the Museum’s galleries

    The Zisha Ceramics of China

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    Zisha teapots have been made since the 16th century in the town of Dingshu, in the Jiangsu Province of China. Reputed to be the best for brewing tea, these exquisite teapots have enjoyed the status of luxury items for centuries.

    Tall Stories: Cannibal Forks

    15th September to 31st OctoberTall Stories: Cannibal Forks Alana Jelinek. The Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology is pleased to present the second in a series of art exhibitions and interventions by AHRC Creative Fellow, Alana Jelinek.’Tall Stories: Cannibal Forks’ explores

    TATAU: Samoan Tattooing Global Culture

    This exhibition is a revelation of a spectacular Polynesian body art,  the tattoo tradition of Samoa. For centuries peoples across the Pacific have decorated their bodies with dynamic tattoo designs. In Samoa Tufuga ta Tatau or ‘Priests of Tattoo’have continued,

    TATAU: Symmetry Harmony and Beauty

    This exhibition is a revelation of a spectacular Polynesian body art,  the tattoo tradition of Samoa. For centuries peoples across the Pacific have decorated their bodies with dynamic tattoo designs. In Samoa Tufuga ta Tatau or ‘Priests of Tattoo’have continued,

    SAPMI

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    The Sami are an indigenous people in northern Europe. Their traditional territory, called Sãpmi, extends across four countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula in Russia. Artefacts from MAA’s Sami collections are once again on display in the world anthropology galleries, in a new exhibition which opened on Saturday 27 February.
    MAA holds a small but significant collection of Sami artefacts and photographs, including two rare and important eighteenth-century divination drums, craft items from the nineteenth century and a valuable collection made by Ethel Lindgren and MikelUtsi in the 1930s.
    The exhibit has been developed through cooperation between MAA staff, Sami colleagues in Sweden, and MPhil and doctoral students in Social Anthropology at Cambridge.

    Polynesian Activity Day

    Part of the Pasifika Styles Festival. With workshops led by Natasha Vaike and Rosanna Raymond, and activities running all day in the Museum galleries. Activities include games from the Pacific, Hula classes (at 12 and 2pm) and storytelling (3pm). Tuesday

    Tyvan throat-singing and Music Workshop

    Radik throat singer. A unique opportunity to learn overtone-singing, one of the oldest forms of music-making, from Radik Tulush (of bands Yat-Kha and Huun-Huur-Tu). Tuesday 29th May 2007, 7pm – 9pm Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions), available from the Museum of

    Lunchtime Talks

    A series of Lunchtime talks in July. Tuesday to Friday at 1pm. 20 minute talks introducing various topics: Tues 17 July: Magic and Modernity by Alex Blandford and Rhonda Nicholl Weds 18 July: Why Do Humans Share Food by Martin

    Beasts and Birds: The Big Draw

    Come and be inspired by our fantastic beasts and birds Drop in activities Saturday 20th October, Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th October, 10.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Saturday 20th October Let our artists help you create a fantastic beast, using

    Once upon a time in Ghana

    Wednesday 5 December 2007 – Talk by Anna Cottrell, author of Once Upon a Time in Ghana: Traditional Ewe Stories Retold in English Anna will talk about how she came to be collecting stories in Ghana. She will then share

    National Archaeology Week 2008

    Saturday 12 July, Tuesday 14 to Friday 18 July SOUNDS AMAZING Explore the archaeology of music with drop-in activities, lunch-time talks and demonstrations in the Museum. Saturday 12 July A full day of activities, hands-on activities and events. All free

    Altai Kai Siberian Music Workshop

    Thursday 24 July evening The music of Altai Kai  exudes the energy and mystery of a snow-capped mountainous homeland in which powerful spirits need to be brought on side in order for herders and hunters to survive. By combining kai

    Festival of Ideas 2008

    Thursday 23 October 2.30 – 8pm Captain Cook Study Day Saturday 25 October 10.30am – 4.30 pm The Big Idea Drop in activities and demonstrations all day. Use the Museum’s amazing collections to inspire your artwork. Take part in the

    Captain Cook Study Day

    Thursday 23 October 2008 Captain James Cook is commonly regarded as the greatest sea explorer of all time. His voyages dramatically extended European geographic knowledge of the Pacific and Antarctic, but were also of tremendous importance for many encounters with

    Science Festival 2008

    Saturday 15th March 2008 Cambridge Science Festival Science on Saturday Make Your Own Rock Art On the lawn outside the Museum. All over the world ancient people made images – superb pictures like at Lascaux and innumerable sites in Australia,

    Summer Trail 2008

    Until 15 September 2008. Take part in the museums summer trail and you could win a riding lesson. Collect pony points as you answer questions in the participating museums, and when you have enough points to pass the finishing line,

    Weaving Workshop with Cathy Schuster

    Friday 5th December 2008 Mahi Piupiu – Making a Piupiu with Cathy Schuster 5pm at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology In this presentation we will explore the making of this highly valued garment, still worn by Maori performance groups

    Science Festival 2009

    Saturday 14th March 10.30 am – 4 pm (drop in any time) Centuries of Collecting Who were the first archaeologists? Where did they dig? What did they find? Come and discover the history and science of archaeology and take part

    Museum Fair

    Saturday 2 May 10.30 am – 4 pm To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the University of Cambridge, come and join us for a day of activities, cake, ‘meet the experts’ talks and handle real objects, all in marquees on

    Descent into the Ark

    Half-day research meeting. Saturday 9th May May 2009 is the 125th birthday of MAA Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology. On 4 May 1884, a grand gathering of national and University dignities opened the ‘Museum of Classical and General Archaeology’ in

    Festival of Archaeology 2009

    Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th July, 10.30 am – 4.30 pm Bangles and Beads, Brooches and Badges The Archaeology of Adornment * All day activities Saturday 25th July – including paper beads, crochet with beads, making card Roman brooches *