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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2013 excavations by the Olduvai Geochronology Archaeology Project at the MNK site

Institute staff comment on discovery of oldest stone tools

Institute staff have been asked to comment in the media on the significance of the oldest stone tools discovered by archaeologists in Kenya. More...

Ethnic Ambiguity and the African Past bookcover

Ethnic Ambiguity and the African Past

An innovative volume edited by François G. Richard and Kevin MacDonald which examines materiality, history and the shaping of cultural identities in Africa, has now been published by Left Coast Press. More...

Community Archaeology Geophysics Group surveying a Roman burial in Hertfordshire (Image courtesy of CAGG)

Of Magistrates and Magnetics: Studying the Towns of Roman Britain

Kris Lockyear has been invited to present his geophysics research as part of Cincinnati Museum Center's Insights Lecture Series this week. 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

Winifred Lamb at War: Room 40 and the BBC

David Gill (University Campus Suffolk) will give a seminar organised by the Institute's History of Archaeology Research Network on 27 May. More...

Starts: May 27, 2015 5:15:00 PM

'Advertising' Medicine and Public Health in Roman Palestine

The Institute of Archaeology and Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society will jointly host a lecture by Estee Dvorjetski (Oxford Brookes University/University of Haifa) at the Institute on 1 June. More...

Starts: Jun 1, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Vision and Conceptualisation in ancient Egyptian art

Rune Nyord (University of Cambridge) will give a presentation organised by the Institute's Material Cultures of Prehistoric and Dynastic Egypt Research Network and the UCL Petrie Museum at the museum on 2 June. More...

Starts: Jun 2, 2015 5:00:00 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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