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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UCL Institute of Archaeology & Beta Analytic Radiocarbon Draw for the Archaeology of the Americas

A call for entries for the inaugural UCL Institute of Archaeology & Beta Analytic Radiocarbon Draw for the Archaeology of the Americas is announced with a deadline of 18 December 2015.

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Launch of the latest issue of Archaeology International

The latest issue of Archaeology International, showcasing the Institute's diverse research, teaching and public engagement activities, is now available. More...

Laura Adlington uses pXRF to analyse Nathan, one of the Ancestors of Christ panels from Canterbury Cathedral

Institute student wins prestigious travel award

Laura Ware Adlington, a PhD student at the Institute and a member of the Early Glass Technology Research Network, has won a prestigious travel award. 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

Domestication, entanglement and causation: comparing pathways to cereal agriculture across the Old World

Dorian Fuller will give the eighth seminar in the Term I Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series highlighting current research at the Institute on 30 November. More...

Starts: Nov 30, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Accordia Lecture: Sanctuaries and states in the archaic Mediterranean and beyond

Greg Woolf (Institute of Classical Studies) will give the third Accordia Lecture of the 2015-16 series at Senate House on 1 December. More...

Starts: Dec 1, 2015 5:30:00 PM

September 2015 IoA fieldwork in Middle Egypt

The Material Cultures of Predynastic and Dynastic Egypt Research Network will host a series of informal seminars this term, the last of which will be held on 2 December. More...

Starts: Dec 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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