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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New first year undergraduate students 2015-16

Welcome to the Institute's new student intake

The Institute of Archaeology is pleased to welcome the 2015/16 intake of new undergraduate and graduate students, who have now begun their studies at UCL. More...

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Institute signs Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment pledge

The Institute of Archaeology has signed the Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment pledge, making a commitment to challenge sexual harassment and support students and staff who experience it. More...

Andrew Burnett being presented with the festschrift, Studies in Ancient Coinage in Honour of Andrew Burnett, by Roger Bland

Studies in Ancient Coinage in Honour of Andrew Burnett

Andrew Burnett was presented with a festschrift, Studies in Ancient Coinage in Honour of Andrew Burnett, at the International Numismatic Conference in Taormina, Sicily recently. 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

Exploring historical linguistic, archaeological and modelling synergies

An exploratory workshop bringing together the new Historical Linguistics research at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena with archaeobotanical and related modelling projects at the Institute will be held on 7 & 8 October. More...

Starts: Oct 7, 2015 10:30:00 AM

The Figurative Power of Prayer: The “Ode to the Goddess” (EA 194)

The Material Cultures of Predynastic and Dynastic Egypt Research Network will host a series of informal seminars this term, the first of which will be held on 7 October. More...

Starts: Oct 7, 2015 6:15:00 PM

The Means of Exchange in Viking England

Jane Kershaw will give the second seminar in the Term I Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series highlighting current research at the Institute on 12 October. More...

Starts: Oct 12, 2015 4:00:00 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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