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The Duckworth Laboratory


Following University Guidelines for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and National Standards from the UK Government, we are currently closed and not taking bookings for access. We are monitoring University protocol and will re-assess our plans for opening in the next Academic Year. We will post re-opening information here when plans change and will not respond to emails asking about re-opening dates.


How to Apply

Affiliation to the Duckworth Laboratory is given:

  1. by the Director of the Duckworth Laboratory, who will consider the nature of the proposed research taking into account the current and proposed work of members of the Department of Archaeology, and in the context of the overall research strategy for the Duckworth Laboratory.
  2. for a specific project and for a specific period of time.
  3. to both students and established researchers, although students are required to provide a letter of reference from their supervisors.
  4. upon agreement on the payment of bench fees to be arranged with the Collections Manager.
  5. Read and agree with the Terms and Conditions of research affiliation to the Duckworth Collection.
  6. Read and agree with the Department of Archaeology Ethics Guidelines.

Things to consider when making an application to the Duckworth:

  1. That you have a well-formulated research question that is explicit in what you want to accomplish and why the collections of the Duckworth are important to the research.
  2. If you are making an application for destructive sampling - that all sample sizes, methods, feasibility, and previous results are expressly stated.
  3. Prior to sampling for destructive analyses, we require a micro-CT scan of each element to be sampled; this can be arranged with the Collections Manager and is done at the Cambridge Biotomography Centre at the researcher’s expense, please see their website for costs.
  4. Samples cannot be transferred to a third party site without express permission of the Director of the Duckworth Laboratory.
  5. Include an acknowledgement that the work was carried out with the permission of the Duckworth Laboratory in all publications (including online and social media) arising from research that includes material from the collections.


Practical Considerations 
While visitors to the Duckworth Laboratory are provided with as much help and support as possible, we ask you to bear in mind that this must be in the context of the day to day workings of the laboratory and the limitations of the resources available. Please note the following:

  1. All visitors must work within the regulations and Guidelines of the University Health and Safety policy ( http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/cam-only/offices/safety/publications/hsd016m/hsd016m.pdf ).  For more information regarding University Health and Safety visit http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/safety/publications/.
  2. The Duckworth collection is available for study between the hours of 9.30 am and 4.45 pm. Though building works may be carried out at any time limiting access.
  3. We are unable to provide accommodation for visitors, who are expected to make their own arrangements. Details of accommodation and other aspects of visiting Cambridge are available from the University’s web site (http://www.cam.ac.uk/cambarea/pages/tourist.html) and this document here.
  4. All arrangements for visits must be agreed in advance, and the visitors should note that there will be various times in the year when the facilities are closed.
  5. No eating or drinking is allowed in laboratories.
  6. Close attention should be paid to ensure that all material to be studied is returned to its original location and in the correct containers and only with its original reference numbers.
  7. The use of our 3D digital imaging (surface scanning) and reproduction (3D printing) facilities are available, prices are available upon request.
  8. Although conditional permission can be given for practical reasons (grant applications, etc), the final permission will not be granted until the confirmation of dates of visit.

** Please direct any enquiry to the Director of the Duckworth Laboratory, LCHES, Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge, or by email to duckworth@human-evol.cam.ac.uk



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