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.



Locations of the examined Syrian archaeological sites where silicious scoria were found

Humans responsible for extinction of Ice Age mammals

Research involving the Institute's Dorian Fuller appears to suggest that human intervention contributed to the extinction of Ice Age mammals. More...


PhD studentship available: Assembling alternative futures for heritage

A PhD studentship (Ref: 1449099) is available at the Institute from October 2015 as part of a large AHRC-funded research project. The deadline for applications is 23 February. More...

Launch of volume on Archaeology and Economic Development

Launch of volume on Archaeology and Economic Development

A special issue of the journal Public Archaeology concerned with Archaeology and Economic Development was launched at the Institute on 13 January.  More...



Voices of War: UCL in WWI

The Institute of Archaeology’s new student exhibition, Voices of War: UCL in WWI, opens to the public from 6 May 2014. More...

Starts: May 6, 2014 9:00:00 AM

The Spectre of Non-Completion

James Dixon (Museum of London Archaeology) will give the third seminar in the Term II Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series on 26 January. More...

Starts: Jan 26, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Anthropocene carbon modelling

Beni Stocker (Imperial College London) will give a lunchtime seminar in UCL as part of an interdepartmental programme on Palaeoclimate on 27 January. More...

Starts: Jan 27, 2015 1:00:00 PM



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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