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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Aethelred II and Cnut the Great conference

Aethelred II and Cnut the Great

The Institute is one of the sponsors of a millennial conference to commemorate the siege of London in 1016.

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UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies to host Association of Critical Heritage Studies 2020 Biennial International Conference

The UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies has been selected to host the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) Biennial International Conference in 2020. More...

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MicroPasts powers archaeological crowdsourcing in Italy

MicroPasts is powering the first programme of archaeological crowdsourcing to be launched in Italy. More...


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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

IAMS Archaeometallurgy Summer School 2016

The Institute for Archaeo-Metallurgical Studies (IAMS) will host its annual Archaeometallurgy Summer School at the Institute of Archaeology from 20 June to 1 July. More...

Starts: Jun 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Ever Decreasing Circles – Caesarea Maritima as an Epicentre of the Late Roman ‘Nummus’ Economy

The Institute of Archaeology and Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society will jointly host a lecture by Sam Moorhead (British Museum) at the Institute on 27 June. 

Starts: Jun 27, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Early Islamic urbanism: the shaping of a civilisation

A workshop exploring the development of the city in the early Islamic world and the extent to which it was shaped by the development of Islamic society will be held at UCL on 1 & 2 July. More...

Starts: Jul 1, 2016 3:00:00 PM

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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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