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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Anti-Valentine Fright Night

Museum Studies students organise Anti-Valentine Fright Night

UCL Museum Studies students are organising a special late event at the Jewish Museum, London on 11 February. More...

Stonehenge (Courtesy of Adam Stanford © Aerial-Cam Ltd)

Gender equality among Stonehenge burials

A new study, involving Institute research student Christie Willis, has found that around half of the prehistoric bones at Stonehenge belonged to women. More...

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

Congratulations to Bruna Rocha who is the winner of the inaugural UCL Institute of Archaeology & Beta Analytic Radiocarbon Draw for the Archaeology of the Americas. 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

Chinese empires and secondary states in peripheral East Asia

Gina Barnes (SOAS) will give the fifth seminar in the Term II Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series on 8 February. More...

Starts: Feb 8, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Two Way Street Exploration Session

A special event organised by the Institute's History of Archaeology Research Network will be held at the UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology on 9 February. More...

Starts: Feb 9, 2016 5:15:00 PM

Film screening: Ancient Iron

As part of the African Peoples and Pasts series, a film screening of 'Ancient Iron' will take place at the Institute on 10 February. More...

Starts: Feb 10, 2016 4:00:00 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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