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 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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Major European Grant Success for Centre for Critical Heritage Studies

The UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, based in the UCL Institute of Archaeology, has been successful in winning a c.€3.9million grant to to provide an international doctoral training programme. More...

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Heritage as Global Challenge: Launch of joint University of Gothenburg/UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies

Members of the UCL Institute of Archaeology recently joined other colleagues from UCL at the University of Gothenburg (UG), Sweden for the launch of a new, collaborative UCL/UG Centre for Critical Heritage Studies. More...

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Dorian Fuller on 'Taming Nature'

Dorian Fuller was recently invited to contribute to a programme entitled 'Taming Nature' on The Forum, broadcast by the BBC World Service. More...


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‘Setting the record straight’: housing politics and the archive

Elena Carter (Archivist, Tavistock Institute) will give a talk hosted by the Public History Discussion Group at the Institute on 7 May. More...

Starts: May 7, 2016 11:00:00 AM

IoA Dyslexia Support Group Open Meeting

The proposed new Institute of Archaeology Dyslexia Support Group will hold its inaugural open meeting on 10 May. More...

Starts: May 10, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Childe Lecture and Seminar 2016

The inaugural Gordon Childe Lecture and Seminar (previously known as the Institute of Archaeology Annual Lecture) will be given by James C. Scott (Yale University) on 10 & 11 May 2016.

Starts: May 10, 2016 6:30:00 PM

Building God’s Empire: Archaeology, Religion and the Byzantine Reconquest of Africa

The final seminar in the 2015-16 Institute of Archaeology/British Museum Medieval Seminar Series will be given by Corisande Fenwick (UCL) on 11 May. More...

Starts: May 11, 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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