UCL Institute of Archaeology

Leading Global Archaeology and Heritage

World Archaeology - Archaeological Science - 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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Human remains (Image courtesy of Lisa Daniel)

Job Vacancy: Lecturer in Bioarchaeological and Forensic Anthropology

The Institute of Archaeology currently has a vacancy for a Lecturer in Bioarchaeological and Forensic Anthropology (Ref.:1631411). The deadline for applications is 27 March 2017. More...

'Come Dig With Me': Institute participation in educational outreach event (Image courtesy of the Society of Antiquaries)

'Come Dig With Me': Institute participation in educational outreach event

Sue Hamilton and Amara Thornton participated in a special educational outreach event at the Society of Antiquaries this week. More...

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Brexit, Archaeology and Heritage: Reflections and Agendas

An event entitled 'Brexit, Archaeology and Heritage: Reflections and Agendas' will be held at the Institute in May for which a call for contributions is announced. More...

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IAMS Masters bursaries available for 2017 entry

The Institute for Archaeo-Metallurgical Studies (IAMS) and the UCL Institute of Archaeology invite applications for two student bursaries for postgraduate studies in archaeometallurgy leading to an MSc degree. More...


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Mysteries of the Mind

The Institute of Archaeology’s new student exhibition, Mysteries of the Mind, opens to the public from 13 May 2016. 

Starts: May 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Institute of Archaeology Graduate Open Evening

The Institute will hold its next Graduate Open Evening on 28 February for those interested in masters courses or research degrees, as well as for those students already accepted onto a programme. More...

Starts: Feb 28, 2017 5:00:00 PM

The Wonderful Things of Punt: Excavations at the 12th Dynasty Harbor of Saww, Modern Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt

Kathryn Bard (Boston University) will give a lecture sponsored by the World Archaeology Section at the Institute on 2 March.

Starts: Mar 2, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Afterlives: Cabinets of Consequence: Octagon Salon #3

A special public event, a 'salon', to accompany Cabinets of Consequence, the current Octagon exhibition, will take place at UCL on 2 March. More...

Starts: Mar 2, 2017 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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