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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Institute participation in 19th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Assembly in New Delhi, India

Rodney Harrison and members of his AHRC Heritage Futures research programme and AHRC Heritage Priority Area Leadership teams are organising activities at the 19th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium in New Delhi this week. More...

Mapping of Venezuelan rock art (Image ©Philip Riris)

Unprecedented mapping of Venezuelan rock art by UCL researchers

Rock engravings located in Western Venezuela, including some of the largest recorded anywhere in the world, have been mapped in unprecedented detail by UCL researchers. More...

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Leverhulme Trust award for research on Landscape and Lordship in East Anglia CE 400–800

A multidisciplinary team led by Christopher Scull (UCL) has received Leverhulme Trust funding to reconsider the origins of the East Anglian kingdom through a comparative study of settlement and landscape archaeology. 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

Frontiers of Etruria

Simon Stoddart (University of Cambridge) will give the fourth Accordia Lecture of the 2017-18 series at Senate House on 12 December. More...

Starts: Dec 12, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Kings, Vikings, distant monks or local peasants: who was who in the early medieval trading site and ringforts in the Domburg area, island of Walcheren (Netherlands)?

The fourth seminar in the 2017-18 Institute of Archaeology/British Museum Medieval Seminar Series will be given by Letty ten Harkel (Oxford) on 12 December. More...

Starts: Dec 12, 2017 6:00:00 PM

To Throw or Not to Throw: Exploring Pottery Forming Techniques with X-radiography and Computed Tomography

Ina Berg (University of Manchester) will give a lecture organised by the Ceramic Technology Research Network at the Institute on 13 December.

Starts: Dec 13, 2017 1:00:00 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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