17 November 2012: The Cambridge Museum of Archaelogy and Anthropology (CMAA).

The museum itself is a fine rehabilitation of the museum originally attached to the University of Cambridge Department of Archaelogy and Anthropology.

 The ground floor is dedicated to local archaeology, with some interesting Cambridge finds well displayed.  But it is large first floor hall of anthropological exhibits that we had come to see. Christian was in his elements, as most of the objects were from the Pacific Islands area.  It was a shame that the information about the objects was relegated to tiny white text stuck on the glass of ancient display cases. But, when you had chance to read it, it was informative.

 

The next question in our minds was how the collection related to the actual, changing location the items originally came from.  This was a bit patchy. Some elements (eg. the Nigerian artifacts) seemed to be the remanants of previous expeditions of times long past.  But in other areas, there were good attempts to update the collection. Such as the glass bead wampum on an early 20th century shirt besides a wampum decorated bingo marker pen.  My personal favourite were two 'neolithic' blades created in the early 20th century by people of the Australian Northern Territories, knapped from glass beer bottles.

 

In short, CMAA is well worth a visit. 

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CMAA, Cambridge, 17 November 2012 - Montage of postcards; outside CMAA; and from the gallery.
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