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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Egyptologists for Max fundraising team

Egyptologists for Max

Several Institute of Archaeology alumni are part of a team completing a series of marathons for the Royal Marsden Hospital Cancer Charity where fellow alumnus Massimiliano Pinarello has been treated. More...

Institute of Archaeology building, 2010

Job Vacancy: Research Centre Administrator

The Institute of Archaeology currently has a vacancy for a Research Centre Administrator (Ref.:1597323). The deadline for applications is 3 November 2016. More...

Wild monkeys flake stone tools (Image credit: Michael Haslam, Primate Archaeology Group)

Wild monkeys flake stone tools

Research published this week in Nature involving Institute alumnus Tomos Proffitt and Ignacio de la Torre suggests that human evolutionary theories may need to be re-visited. More...

Don Brothwell (Image courtesy of the University of York)

Don Brothwell

Institute staff, students, friends and colleagues will be saddened to hear of the recent death of Don Brothwell. 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

Narrative and naturalism in Classical Greek and early Imperial Chinese Art

Jeremy Tanner will give the fifth seminar in the Term I Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series highlighting current research at the Institute on 31 October. More...

Starts: Oct 31, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Investigating Maltese rural settlement development (AD 500-1530)

The second seminar in the 2016-17 Institute of Archaeology/British Museum Medieval Seminar Series will be given by Keith Buhagiar (Malta) on 1 November. More...

Starts: Nov 1, 2016 6:00:00 PM

ICCHA Special Guest Lecture 2016: Buddhism Archaeology in China

Hang Kan (Director of the School for Archaeology and Museology, Peking University) will give an ICCHA Special Guest Lecture at the Institute on 3 November. More...

Starts: Nov 3, 2016 6:00:00 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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