MAA Digital Lab

Launched in 2022, the Digital Lab is a digital engagement project which seeks to increase the visibility and accessibility of the world cultures collections at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge.

The project highlights collections in the Museum’s care through a range of themes such as Substances of Wellbeing and Intoxication, Object Diasporas, Making and Mending, and Digitisation.

Blog Posts

Value in Things

Can different value systems contrast and productively overlap within a single object? Anita Herle explores this question through a Trobriand Island canoe ornament on display in one of the galleries at MAA.

Anita Herle

21 May 2024

Is this a dagger which I see before me?

Can daggers be more than weapons? Analysing two at MAA, Michael Robinson shows how in medieval England, these daggers were not just weapons, but also symbols of wealth, status, and personal taste.

Michael Robinson

14 May 2024

Getting to the Bottom of a Grave at Snailwell

Through a detailed look at the objects found in a grave at Snailwell, Jody Joy tells us about the person buried there: Who where they? What was their life like? And why were they buried in such an elaborate grave?

Jody Joy

7 May 2024

Online Exhibitions

Continuity and Change in the Durbar Square at Bhaktapur, Nepal

MAA cares for a few photographs of the Durbar Square in Bhaktapur, Nepal. This exhibition juxtaposes these photographs with more recent ones, exploring patterns of continuity and change in a vulnerable and constantly evolving city.

Kui Elephant Catchers and the Pakam Rope: From Thailand to Cambridge

In March 2023, a new object came into MAA's care – a เชือกปะกำ (Pakam rope). This exhibition explores its journey, from the hands and homes of its Kui makers to the vendors from whom the rope was purchased and the case in MAA where it is now displayed.

Chinese Spirit-Medium Possession in Singapore

A new digitisation project at MAA, which digitally repatriated 2,000 ethnographic photographs of Chinese temples and ritual practices in Singapore to its national library, gives insight into the supernatural world of spirit-mediumship in the region.

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If you'd like to get involved, then please get in touch with us at digitallab@maa.cam.ac.uk.

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