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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Victoria Ziegler being awarded the RAI Master's Dissertation Prize for 2016-17

Victoria Ziegler wins Royal Archaeological Institute’s Master's Dissertation Prize

Congratulations to Institute student Victoria Ziegler who has been awarded the Royal Archaeological Institute’s Master's Dissertation Prize for 2016-2017. More...

Cannonballs from the Mary Rose, Henry VIII's flagship (Image courtesy The Mary Rose)

Going ballistic! Exploring the secrets of the Mary Rose's cannonballs

Major advances into how to protect and preserve cannonballs found on Henry VIII's flagship vessel, The Mary Rose, have been made through a ground-breaking partnership between UCL, The Mary Rose and Diamond Light Source. More...

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David Wengrow on changing the course of human history

David Wengrow, and co-author David Graeber, suggest a re-think is needed about the course of human history in an essay for the leading cultural magazine, Eurozine. 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

Institute of Archaeology Graduate Open Evening

The Institute will hold its next Graduate Open Evening on 2 May for those interested in masters courses or research degrees, as well as for those students already accepted onto a programme. More...

Starts: May 2, 2018 5:00:00 PM

Late Antique diptychs and their use in Carolingian Italy

Cristina La Rocca (University of Padua) will give the final Accordia Lecture of the 2017-18 series at the Institute on 8 May. More...

Starts: May 8, 2018 5:30:00 PM

People and Place: The making of the Kingdom of Northumbria 300-800 CE

The final seminar in the 2017-18 Institute of Archaeology/British Museum Medieval Seminar Series will be given by Sarah Semple & Sue Harrington (Durham) on 23 May. More...

Starts: May 23, 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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