UCL Institute of Archaeology

Leading Global Archaeology and Heritage

World Archaeology - Archaeological Sciences - 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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Judy Medrington accepting the Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment Award on behalf of the Institute of Archaeology

Institute receives Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment Award

The Institute received a Zero Tolerance To Sexual Harassment Award recently, fulfilling the Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment pledge, which was introduced two years ago, for the second year running. More...


Heritage Data Research Workshop

A workshop involving key representatives from the UK heritage industry and academics from humanities and computing science will take place at the British Library today, and will discuss challenges and opportunities that data presents to the sector. More...

Elizabeth Graham honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

Elizabeth Graham honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

Elizabeth Graham was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the seventh annual Maya at the Lago conference, held in North Carolina at the end of April. More...

University Archaeology Day 2017 (Image: Uganda 2016, courtesy of Hannah Page)

UCL hosts University Archaeology Day 2017

UCL Institute of Archaeology staff are working with experts from other UK universities to create the first University Archaeology Day, aimed at inspiring the next generation of archaeologists. More...


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Sex and Symbolism

The Institute of Archaeology’s new student exhibition, Sex and Symbolism, will open to the public in May 2017. More...

Starts: May 8, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Light on the Jews of Ptolemaic Egypt

The Institute of Archaeology and Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society will jointly host a lecture by James Aitken (University of Cambridge) at the Institute on 26 June. More...

Starts: Jun 26, 2017 6:00:00 PM

Inaugural Lecture@UCL: Rodney Harrison

Rodney Harrison will give his Inaugural Lecture entitled 'Heritage Futures and Future Heritages' at UCL on 27 June. More...

Starts: Jun 27, 2017 6:30:00 PM

About UCL


Why Archaeology? 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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