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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New Postgraduate Support Scheme available for 2015 entry

A new funding opportunity for those applying to study a postgraduate taught programme starting in September 2015 is available with a deadline for applications of 29 March. More...

Charlotte Frearson participating in an Inspiring the Future school event

Inspiring the Future

As part of ongoing work with schools across London, Charlotte Frearson was invited to participate in an Inspiring the Future event at Langdon Park School in East London recently. More...

Sue Hamilton interviewed for International Women's Day 2015

Sue Hamilton interviewed for International Women's Day 2015

Institute Director, Sue Hamilton, has been interviewed as part of a series of events hosted by UCL to mark International Women's Day on 8 March. More...

Logo of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)

Strengthening Co-operation through Transnational Route Development

Tim Williams has been invited to make a presentation at the 5th UNWTO Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting in Berlin on 4 March. 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

Make, use, abandon, repeat: thoughts on entropy and the temporalities of real estate

Luke Bennett (Sheffield Hallam University) will give the eighth seminar in the Term II Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series on 9 March. More...

Starts: Mar 9, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Modelling of modern and glacial climate

Alan Condron (University of Massachusetts) will give a lunchtime seminar in UCL as part of an interdepartmental programme on Palaeoclimate on 10 March. More...

Starts: Mar 10, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Monastic life, a ‘fishy’ business? Changing human-animal relationships in Anglo-Saxon Lyminge

The sixth seminar in the 2014-15 Institute of Archaeology/British Museum Medieval Seminar Series will be given by Zoe Knapp (University of Reading) on 10 March. More...

Starts: Mar 10, 2015 6:00:00 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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