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.



Institute student Emma Payne receiving the Bernd Breuckmann award for 2014

Institute student wins Bernd Breuckmann award

Institute student Emma Payne has won the Bernd Breuckmann Award for 2014 which supports 3D scanning projects in the Arts and Cultural Heritage. More...

Ruins of the slave fort on Bunce Island in the Sierra Leone River, one of Sierra Leone’s most celebrated heritage sites, declared a national monument under the Monuments and Relics Act in 1948. Photo: Paul Basu.

Review of Sierra Leone’s heritage legislation

Paul Basu has been commissioned by the Government of Sierra Leone to undertake a review of its heritage legislation. More...

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YAC wins 2015 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage

The Young Archaeologists' Club (YAC) has been awarded an EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award for 2015. More...



Following in the Footsteps of Hawkes: Forgotten Archives in the British Museum

Jennifer Wexler (MicroPasts Project, Department Of Britain, Europe & Prehistory, British Museum) will give a seminar organised by the Institute's History of Archaeology Research Network on 29 April. More...

Starts: Apr 29, 2015 5:15:00 PM

Wearable Superpowers@The Science Museum

This year's Museum Studies Student Exhibition Project team will take part in the Science Museum's Lates event on 29 April.

Starts: Apr 29, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Mesopotamia and Ukraine: the archaeological comparison that should never have happened

David Wengrow will give the first seminar in a new lunchtime seminar series entitled Off the Record: conversations in World Archaeology at the Institute on 30 April. More...

Starts: Apr 30, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Accordia Lecture: Interpreting the Etruscans: between republicanism and princely rule (12th to 16th centuries)

Corinna Riva (UCL) will give the final Accordia Lecture of the 2014-15 series at the Institute on 5 May. More...

Starts: May 5, 2015 5:30:00 PM

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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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