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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Inequality, Scale, and Civilisation conference

Inequality, Scale and Civilisation

David Wengrow is co-organiser of a conference at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle), from 8-11 July, at which a number of Institute staff will present their research. More...

Sue Hamilton interviewed for International Women's Day 2015

Sue Hamilton 'Above the Parapet'

Sue Hamilton has been interviewed for LSE’s Above the Parapet project which is exploring the journeys taken by high profile women who shape public life. More...

Andrew Gardner

Post-Romanisation Perspectives on the Provincial West

Andrew Gardner's research presentation at the Roman Society AGM earlier this month is now available on the Society's YouTube channel. 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

IAMS Archaeometallurgy Summer School 2015

The Institute for Archaeo-Metallurgical Studies (IAMS) will host its annual Archaeometallurgy Summer School at the Institute of Archaeology from 29 June to 10 July. More...

Starts: Jun 29, 2015 9:00:00 AM

The Evolution of Technical Traditions. A Phylogenetic Approach based on the European Bronze Age

The Annual Lecture of the Ceramic Technology Research Network will take place at the Institute on 10 July. More...

Starts: Jul 10, 2015 4:30:00 PM

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 24 July. More...

Starts: Jul 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

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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