Haddon Library is the University of Cambridge's library for archaeology and anthropology.
Founded by the pioneering anthropologist Alfred Haddon in 1920, it has amassed a remarkable collection of highly valuable resources, with 62,000 books, pamphlets and periodical volumes gathered over nearly 90 years.
From oracle bone inscriptions of ancient Chinese writing to social relations between the living and dead in an English village; from dental perspectives on our evolution to how humans during the Upper Palaeolithic Age got their five-a-day, the Haddon is the source of enlightening information on human development across time and place.
The Library aims to ensure that its outstanding collections are kept up-to-date through acquisitions of new books, periodicals and journals, and to guarantee the safety of rare and valuable holdings by modernising its security system. It also seeks to improve facilities for readers by providing contemporary, comfortable seating – a prerequisite for long hours of study! – and coin-operated lockers to keep personal belongings safe.
The Department of Archaeology at Cambridge is one of the oldest in the world and also one of the youngest, largest and most vibrant in its current expanded form. It brings together an extraordinary community of people committed to advancing and transforming our understanding of the past through innovative research and teaching.
Cambridge’s collections have multiple lives, embracing public and private histories, personal and scientific interest and the past and the present. They illuminate the wider activities, histories and environments of the people who made them and the worlds they represent.
The Department of Social Anthropology includes the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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