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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Magnetometry survey with GPR data

An adventure in Hertfordshire archaeology

Kris Lockyear's research on the late Iron Age and Roman past of Hertfordshire is producing exciting results. More...

The UCL team excavating on the project  'Community Archaeology of the Commons in Asturias, Spain' (July 2015)

View from the trenches: Asturias, Spain (2015)

A UCL team joined the first season of excavation of the project 'Community Archaeology of the Commons in Asturias, Spain' during July 2015. More...

Physical and invisible disabilities portrayed by Enabled participants (Image courtesy of Theresa O'Mahony)

Institute student awarded Professor Sir Malcolm Grant Scholarship

Theresa O'Mahony (BA Archaeology, 2015) has been awarded the Professor Sir Malcolm Grant Scholarship to support her graduate study at the Institute of Archaeology. 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

Institute of Archaeology Tours

Tours of the Institute of Archaeology and its facilities and collections will be held on selected dates throughout the summer. More...

Starts: Jul 13, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Pacific Islands: Landscapes and Seascapes

The Pacific Islands Research Network (PIRN) will hold its biennial conference at the Institute on 4 & 5 September exploring landscapes and seascapes of Pacific islands from an interdisciplinary perspective. More...

Starts: Sep 4, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Maya on the Thames

The 4th Annual Workshop on Maya Myths and Glyphs, organised in association with the UCL Public Engagement Unit, will be held at the Institute from 11-13 September. More...

Starts: Sep 11, 2015 6:00:00 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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