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

Archetypes of Healing Heritage: Comparing a Numinchen and Horchin Shaman Dress

Uranchimeg Ujeed zooms in on two shaman dresses, separated by a thousand kilometres and at least a hundred years. One is at MAA and one belongs to a Horchin shaman she met during her fieldwork.

Uranchimeg Ujeed

16 July 2024

The Return of the Gweagal Spears

On 23 April 2024, the Gweagal Spears were returned to the La Perouse Aboriginal community at a ceremony in Trinity College, Cambridge. This is a reproduction of all speeches delivered at the event.

Eleanor Foster

2 July 2024

Turning Stones Over

Using fragments from the Taj Mahal at MAA and building stones at the Sedgwick Museum, Rebekah Hodgkinson explores colonial monuments, buildings, and mining histories in India and South Africa.

Rebekah Hodgkinson

25 June 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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