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.



Human skull cup (Image courtesy of the NHM)

Cannibalistic habits of Ice Age Britons

Collaborative research on human remains from Gough’s Cave in Somerset, involving the Institute's Simon Parfitt, confirms Ice Age Britons had cannibalistic habits. More...

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SAA 2015: Diversity of Institute's outstanding research highlighted

The diversity of the Institute's outstanding research and the extent of its collaborative links are being showcased at the Society for American Archaeology's 80th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. More...

Digging up Jericho: Past, Present and Future

Digging up Jericho: Past, Present and Future

An international symposium entitled 'Digging up Jericho: Past, Present and Future' will be held at the Institute on 29 & 30 June, for which registration is now open. More...



Thin Section Petrography of Archaeological Ceramics Training Course 2015

An intensive training course on Thin Section Petrography of Archaeological Ceramics: Methods and Application will be run at the Institute from 13-24 April 2015 taught by Patrick Quinn. More...

Starts: Apr 13, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Introducing the Ancient Maya to the Classroom

In preparation for the new primary history curriculum, a day workshop on the Ancient Maya is being held for teachers at the Institute on 21 April. More...

Starts: Apr 21, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Negotiating control in the construction of the mental health recovery archive

Anna Sexton (UCL) will give a talk hosted by the Public History Discussion Group at the Institute on 25 April. More...

Starts: Apr 25, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Following in the Footsteps of Hawkes: Forgotten Archives in the British Museum

Jennifer Wexler (MicroPasts Project, Department Of Britain, Europe & Prehistory, British Museum) will give a seminar organised by the Institute's History of Archaeology Research Network on 29 April. More...

Starts: Apr 29, 2015 5:15:00 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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