UCL Institute of Archaeology

Leading Global Archaeology and Heritage

World Archaeology - Archaeological Science - 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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Paro Dzong, Bhutan

Protecting the world's irreplacable cultural sites

Work by a UCL team, led by Tim Williams, on the safeguarding of Bhutan's cultural heritage features in the Summer 2016 edition of The Getty Magazine. More...

Stonehenge: Making Sense of a Prehistoric Mystery (bookcover)

Stonehenge book 'highly commended' at the British Archaeological Awards 2016

Stonehenge: Making sense of a prehistoric mystery has been ‘highly commended’ at this year’s British Archaeological Awards. More...

Rodney Harrison

Rodney Harrison appointed as AHRC Leadership Fellow for Heritage

Rodney Harrison is one of three new leadership Fellows, appointed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to focus on priority areas of design, heritage and modern languages. More...

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Job Vacancy: UP-NORTH Project

The Institute of Archaeology currently has a vacancy for a Research Associate (Ref.: 1566883) on the ERC-funded UP-NORTH Project. The deadline for applications is 19 August 2016.


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Mysteries of the Mind

The Institute of Archaeology’s new student exhibition, Mysteries of the Mind, opens to the public from 13 May 2016. 

Starts: May 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Archaeology for All! UCL Institute of Archaeology Summer Tours

The Institute of Archaeology with be offering a series of tours and taster handling sessions for prospective undergraduate students on selected dates over the summer. More...

Starts: Aug 11, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Photography in Academic Research

‘photography + (con) text’ will organise a conference on Photography in Academic Research at the Institute on 8 & 9 September 2016.

Starts: Sep 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Superheroes and Talking Rabbits: Narrative Sequentiality in Classic Maya Text and Imagery

Jesper Nielsen (University of Copenhagen) will give a talk at the Institute on 14 September. More...

Starts: Sep 14, 2016 5:30:00 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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