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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UNESCO HQ, Paris (Image courtesy of William Carruthers)

Heritage, Decolonisation and the Field: A Conference

A conference entitled Heritage, Decolonisation and the Field will be held at the Institute in January 2018, for which the call for papers will close on 31 May 2017. More...

Leptis Magna Theatre

Corisande Fenwick invited to speak on safeguarding Islam's past

Corisande Fenwick spoke at a recent conference in Bahrain about the preservation of Muslim heritage. More...

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Marie Sklodowska - Curie Trainee post available (CHEurope)

The Institute of Archaeology currently has a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Trainee post, available on the CHEurope programme (Ref.: 1648904). The deadline for applications is 21 June 2017. More...

Stephen Quirke

Village and Palace: finding ancient Egyptian society in its objects

Stephen Quirke has been invited to speak at the Egyptian Bureau for Cultural & Educational Affairs in London on 19 May. 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

UNESCO/UCL International Expert Workshop: Maritime Silk Routes Serial Nomination

A UNESCO/UCL international expert workshop on the serial nomination of the Maritime Silk Routes will be held at the Institute on 30 & 31 May. More...

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

Tel Dor and Cross-Mediterranean Interactions 1400-400 BC: A Non-Braudelian Story

Ayelet Gilboa (University of Haifa) will give a special lecture, sponsored by the World Archaeology Section, at the Institute on 31 May. 

Starts: May 31, 2017 6:00:00 PM

The Emergence of Ancient Israel and its Neighbours: Archaeology, History and Bible

The Institute of Archaeology and Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society will jointly host a lecture by Ayelet Gilboa (University of Haifa and Director of the Tel Dor and Tel Shikmona projects) at the Institute on 5 June. More...

Starts: Jun 5, 2017 6:00:00 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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