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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Funding success for Radical BAME Youth Heritage Project

The Heritage Futures and AHRC Heritage Priority Area teams led by Rodney Harrison will collaborate with BeatFreeks Arts, who have been awarded £696,700 to run the Radical Heritage Project (RHP) as part of The Heritage Lottery fund’s £10 million Kick the Dust fund. More...

Synchrotron light used to show human domestication of seeds from 2000 BC

Synchrotron light used to show human domestication of seeds from 2000 BC

Dorian Fuller and Charlene Murphy have used the UK’s synchrotron facility, Diamond Light Source, to document for the first time the rate of evolution of seed coat thinning, a major marker of crop domestication, from archaeological remains. More...

ASE discover 200-year old burial site at Brighton Dome (Photo courtesy of Carlotta Luke)

ASE uncover 200-year old burial site at Brighton Dome

Archaeology South-East (ASE) have helped uncover a 200-year-old burial site found during recent redevelopment work at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange. More...

Fieldwork in Bosnia 2017 as part of the Eurofarm project

View from the trenches: Bosnia 2017

Marc Vander Linden has recently returned from a field survey in the Trebinje municipality (Bosnia and Herzegovina), conducted as part of the EUROFARM project. 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

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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