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.


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Prof Kevin MacDonald beside one of the legendary ‘sacrificial stones’ of Dodugubani, (photo Gestrich)

Archaeology and the Three Myths about Africa

Kevin MacDonald was recently invited to talk about his African research at both a school event and public lecture in Suffolk. More...

Fallen moai at ahu Mahiki

My Archaeology - Sue Hamilton

Sue Hamilton has been interviewed by British Archaeology (May/June 2015 issue) for their 'My Archaeology' feature. More...

Scoping the Future of Archaeological Science (Special Issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science)

Scoping the Future of Archaeological Science

Marcos Martinón-Torres, Thilo Rehren & Robin Torrence have guest edited a special issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science with papers in honour of Richard Klein. More...


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We Need to Talk: Connecting Through Technology

The Institute of Archaeology’s new student exhibition, We Need to Talk: Connecting Through Technology, opens to the public from 8 May 2015. More...

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

Origins of Sheep and Goats Domestication in Western China

Yiru Wang (University of Cambridge) will give the next International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA) China Night Lecture of 2014-15 at the Institute on 4 June. More...

Starts: Jun 4, 2015 5:30:00 PM

Archaeology, heritage and people in Middle Egypt: new UCL initiatives

Richard Bussmann, Beverley Butler & Stephen Quirke will give presentations organised by the Institute's Material Cultures of Prehistoric and Dynastic Egypt Research Network and the UCL Petrie Museum at the museum on 9 June. More...

Starts: Jun 9, 2015 12:00:00 PM

The Story of Chocolate

Kathryn Sampeck (Associate Professor of Anthropology at Illinois State University), will present a lecture on the bittersweet story of chocolate at the Institute on 12 June. More...

Starts: Jun 12, 2015 5:30:00 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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