UCL Institute of Archaeology

Leading Global Archaeology and Heritage

World Archaeology - Archaeological Science - Heritage - Conservation - Museum Studies

About the Institute


The UCL Institute of Archaeology is the largest and one of the most highly regarded centres for archaeology, cultural heritage and museum studies in Britain. It is one of the very few places in the world actively pursuing research on a truly global scale in the archaeological sciences, heritage studies and world archaeology.

Its degree programmes offer an unrivalled variety of course options, both theoretical and practical, covering a diverse array of archaeological topics, and wide-ranging global fieldwork opportunities.

The Institute hosts numerous events on many different aspects of archaeology and is linked to many other heritage institutions, archaeological societies and organizations, providing an outstanding research environment for staff, students and visitors.


UCL Institute of Archaeology

Research at the Institute of Archaeology covers fieldwork, laboratory analysis and conservation, artefact studies, and theoretical, synthetic, and analytical work across a range of perspectives. It has more than 60 research active staff, projects on five continents and in the Pacific, and wins regular and substantial research funding from a wide range of national and international sources.


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The extended landscape within which the survey is set

Hidden Prehistoric landscape of the South Downs to be surveyed by UCL archaeology students


Dorian Fuller speaking at the New Scientist Live event, London, Sept 2016

The Seeds of Civilisation

Dorian Fuller was invited to participate in the New Scientist Live event in London last week to discuss the seeds of civilisation. More...

International Conference on China’s First Emperor (held at UCL, August 2016)

International Conference on China’s First Emperor

Forty leading international archaeologists, conservators, historians and sinologists recently met at UCL for an invitation-only symposium on Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum in Global Perspective. More...

Archaeological Heritage Management: Along the Silk Roads in the 21st Century

Archaeological Heritage Management: Along the Silk Roads in the 21st Century

Tim Williams has been invited to give a lecture at the British Academy on 29 September. More...


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Mysteries of the Mind

The Institute of Archaeology’s new student exhibition, Mysteries of the Mind, opens to the public from 13 May 2016. 

Starts: May 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Multi period excavation and research at Downley, the preliminary results and interpretation from the 2016 Institute of Archaeology Field Course

Mark Roberts will give the opening seminar in the Term I Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series highlighting current research at the Institute on 3 October.

Starts: Oct 3, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Gimme some farmin': Neolithic agriculture and stockbreeding in the western Balkans

Marc Vander Linden will give the second seminar in the Term I Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series highlighting current research at the Institute on 10 October. More...

Starts: Oct 10, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Visual Anthropology and the City

A two-day-symposium which will bring together anthropologists, filmmakers, and artists will be held at the Royal Anthropological Institute & UCL Institute of Archaeology on 14 & 15 October. More...

Starts: Oct 14, 2016 1:00:00 PM

About UCL



Few other subjects address the very wide breadth of skills and topics covered in an archaeology degree. The academic, laboratory and fieldwork components within the degrees offered by the Institute of Archaeology give graduates a real advantage in developing their careers. At the Institute we aim to give you the best experience throughout your degree, and the best start in your chosen career.

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