UCL Institute of Archaeology

Leading Global Archaeology and Heritage

World Archaeology - Archaeological Sciences - 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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Capuchin monkeys using stone tools

Digging up secrets of the monkey Stone Age

Results of collaborative research, involving Institute researcher Tomos Proffitt, is forcing us to rethink our cultural evolution. More...

A bronze cauldron decorated with griffins from the royal tombs of Salamis © Department of Antiquities, Cyprus

In Cyprus where copper was first discovered

The Institute of Archaeology is co-organiser, with the High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus in the UK and the University of Cyprus, of a special lecture taking place in London on 20 February. More...

Interdisciplinary colloquium on Gold being held at UCL (Feb 2018)

Institute research to be presented in interdisciplinary colloquium on 'Gold'

Institute research will be presented as part of an interdisciplinary colloquium on the theme of 'Gold', being held at UCL on 9 February. More...


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Sex and Symbolism

The Institute of Archaeology’s new student exhibition, Sex and Symbolism, will open to the public in May 2017. More...

Starts: May 8, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Quotidian histories, contemporary archaeology and resilient agriculture in Marakwet and Pokot Kenya

Matthew Davies (UCL) will give the fifth seminar in the Term II Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series on 19 February. More...

Starts: Feb 19, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Current work on the Anglo-Saxon monastery of Lindisfarne

The sixth seminar in the 2017-18 Institute of Archaeology/British Museum Medieval Seminar Series will be given by David Petts (Durham) on 20 February. More...

Starts: Feb 20, 2018 6:00:00 PM

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Childe Lecture and Seminar 2018

The Institute of Archaeology Gordon Childe Lecture and Seminar 2018 will be given by Kristian Kristiansen (University of Gothenburg) on 21 & 22 February. More...

Starts: Feb 21, 2018 6:00:00 PM

Introduction to the British Museum Central Archive

Francesca Hillier (The British Museum) will give a seminar organised by the Institute's History of Archaeology Research Network at the Institute on 22 February. More...

Starts: Feb 22, 2018 6:00:00 PM

About UCL


Why Archaeology? 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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