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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MORPH 2016: Morphometric Applications in Archaeology and Anthropology

MORPH2016: Morphometric Applications in Archaeology and Anthropology

MORPH2016: Morphometric Applications in Archaeology and Anthropology will be held at the UCL Institute of Archaeology on 26 May for which a call for papers has been announced. More...

The Poike peninsula comprises an ancient shield volcano on the east end of Rapa Nui. The three domes on the left side of the hill are trachyte, a stone which on Rapa Nui only occurs on Poike, and is used for the facings of ceremonial monuments (Fig. 5) and for moai (statues)

At the front of erosion: landscape and archaeology on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

A UCL team has just returned from Rapa Nui where they have been investigating the impact of severe erosion on the island's heritage and natural environment. More...

Anti-Valentine Fright Night

Museum Studies students organise Anti-Valentine Fright Night

UCL Museum Studies students are organising a special late event at the Jewish Museum, London on 11 February. 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

Industrial Kush-Archaeological investigations and community engagement activities at the Royal City of Meroe, Sudan

Jane Humphris (UCL Qatar) will give the next seminar in the African Peoples and Pasts series at the Institute on 15 February. More...

Starts: Feb 15, 2016 5:00:00 PM

The Evolution of an Ancient Technology

Chris Buckley (University of Oxford) will give a talk on the evolution of an ancient technology at the Institute on 16 February. More...

Starts: Feb 16, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Accordia Lecture: Venus Envy: investigating the terracotta figurines from the Lago di Venere, Pantelleria

Carrie Murray (Brock University) will give the fifth Accordia Lecture of the 2015-16 series at the Institute on 16 February. More...

Starts: Feb 16, 2016 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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