Institute of Archaeology

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UCL Institute of Archaeology

  • Social, Historical and Cultural Archaeological Studies
  • Museum Studies, Conservation, Cultural Heritage Studies, Public Archaeology
  • Environmental Archaeology, Archaeological Material Science and Computational Modelling


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, as evidenced by its top position in university league tables and National Student Survey results. It is one of the very few places in the world actively pursuing research on a truly global scale. Its degree programmes offer an unrivalled variety of courses on a diverse range of topics, and wide-ranging fieldwork opportunities.  The Institute hosts events on many different aspects of archaeology and is linked to heritage organisations, museums and archaeological societies, providing an outstanding research environment for staff, students and visitors.

News from the Institute of Archaeology

Institute participation in Farnborough school's Moving On Day

Institute participation in school's Moving On Day

Institute staff have again participated in the annual Moving On Day for students at Farnborough 6th Form College. More...

Published: Jul 9, 2014 1:01:05 PM

Wrapping and Unwrapping Material Culture

Wrapping and Unwrapping Material Culture

An innovative volume edited by Susanna Harris and Laurence Douny which challenges contemporary views on material culture has now been published by Left Coast Press. More...

Published: Jul 7, 2014 4:41:48 PM

Groundstone artefacts from floor of a house at Çatalhöyük

Research on domestication at Neolithic Çatalhöyük is top journal article

Research undertaken by Karen Wright at Çatalhöyük is currently one of the most downloaded articles from the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. More...

Published: Jul 4, 2014 10:34:00 AM

Matt Pope with Karl Brady from the Underwater Archaeology Unit at the National Monuments Service in Dublin

Matt Pope on BBC Radio 4's Making History

Matt Pope reported for the BBC Radio 4 programme Making History on the discovery of 12 log boats from Loch Corrib, Galway, in the Republic of Ireland. More...

Published: Jul 2, 2014 11:08:31 AM

TOPOI Excellence Programme at the Freie Universität, Berlin

Andrew Gardner awarded Topoi Fellowship

Congratulations to Andrew Gardner who has been awarded a Fellowship at the Topoi Excellence Cluster based at Freie Universität, Berlin. More...

Published: Jul 1, 2014 3:39:10 PM

Events at the Institute of Archaeology

Voices of War: UCL in WWI

Voices of War: UCL in WWI

The Institute of Archaeology’s new student exhibition, Voices of War: UCL in WWI, opens to the public from 6 May 2014. More...

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Institute of Archaeology Tours

Tours of the Institute of Archaeology and its facilities and collections will be held on selected dates in July and August. More...

Diaguita vessel

Local Art and the Inca State

Paola Gonzalez will give a talk on how Inca culture influenced Diaguita material culture in Chile at the Institute of Archaeology on 16 July. More...

Percussive Technology in Human Evolution

Percussive Technology in Human Evolution

An international conference on Percussive Technology in Human Evolution will take place at the Institute of Archaeology on 18 & 19 September. More...

Company of images: modelling the ancient Egyptian imaginary world of the Middle Bronze Age (Image courtesy of Gianluca Miniaci)

Company of images: modelling the ancient Egyptian imaginary world of the Middle Bronze Age (2000-1500 BC)

An international conference exploring the fertile imaginary world of Middle Bronze Age Egypt through its material culture and archaeological sources will be held at UCL from 18-20 September. More...

Maya on the Thames (Maya Myths and Glyphs Workshop 2014)

Maya on the Thames

The 3rd Annual Workshop on Maya Myths and Glyphs, organised in association with the UCL Public Engagement Unit, will be held at the Institute from 19-21 September. More...

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