UCL Institute of Archaeology

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 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.



Institute of Archaeology student volunteering in a local school

Archaeology students volunteer in local school

Institute of Archaeology students volunteered in a local primary school recently to highlight archaeology as a discipline to school children. More...

Elizabeth Pye

Elizabeth Pye to receive AIA Conservation and Heritage Management Award

Elizabeth (Liz) Pye has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Archaeological Institute of America’s (AIA) Conservation and Heritage Management Award for outstanding contribution to the field of objects conservation. More...

'Unisphere', Jonathan Gardner's image for which he won a prize in the UCL Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research competition

Institute student wins Research Images as Art prize

Congratulations to Jonathan Gardner who won a runner up prize in the UCL Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research 2014/15 competition. More...



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...

Starts: May 6, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Introducing the Ancient Maya to the Classroom

In preparation for the new primary history curriculum, a day workshop on the Ancient Maya is being held for teachers at the Institute of Archaeology on 8 January. More...

Starts: Jan 8, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Origin Myths and Realities: unpacking the historic narratives of mining heritage sites

Peter Oakley (Royal College of Art) will give the opening seminar in the Term II Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series on 12 January. More...

Starts: Jan 12, 2015 4:00:00 PM



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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