Institute of Archaeology

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UCL Institute of Archaeology

  • Environmental Archaeology, Archaeological Material Science and Computational Modelling
  • Social, Historical and Cultural Archaeological Studies
  • Museum Studies, Conservation, Cultural Heritage Studies, Public Archaeology


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, as evidenced by its top position in university league tables and National Student Survey results. It is one of the very few places in the world actively pursuing research on a truly global scale. Its degree programmes offer an unrivalled variety of courses on a diverse range of topics, and wide-ranging fieldwork opportunities.  The Institute hosts events on many different aspects of archaeology and is linked to heritage organisations, museums and archaeological societies, providing an outstanding research environment for staff, students and visitors.

News from the Institute of Archaeology

Early Bronze Age Axe hoard discovered in the late 19th century from the Folkton barrow in North Yorkshire (Copyright Trustees of the British Museum)

Crowd-sourcing archaeology

Volunteers from around the world have helped to make ancient bronze collections from the British Museum available online as part of the MicroPasts project. More...

Published: Aug 21, 2014 10:48:56 AM

Sumana Kone and Kevin MacDonald presenting fundings from 2010 excavations to schools of Konodimini (Photo: Paul Burtenshaw)

Job Vacancy: Teaching Fellow in African Archaeology

The Institute of Archaeology currently has a vacancy for a Teaching Fellow in African Archaeology (Ref.:1430887). The deadline for applications is 1 September 2014. More...

Published: Aug 19, 2014 12:34:56 PM

A reconstruction by Ian Dennis of the Whitehawk causewayed enclosure c. 3,600 cal BC (reproduced from Whittle, Healy and Bayliss 2011; fig. 1.3)

'Dig Whitehawk' Site Open Day

The Whitehawk Camp Community Archaeology Project will hold an Open Day at the site on Whitehawk Hill, near Brighton, on 23 August. More...

Published: Aug 18, 2014 11:56:19 AM

Mariana Ribas Albuquerque recording the location of finds with the totalstation

View from the trenches: Romania (2014)

Institute staff and students have recently completed another season of excavation in Tăşnad, Northwest Romania.  More...

Published: Aug 15, 2014 2:59:58 PM

Community Archaeology Project at Headstone Manor, Harrow

Community Archaeology in London

Gabriel Moshenska and Charlotte Frearson have been working with the Museum of London this summer on a community archaeology project in Harrow, North London. More...

Published: Aug 13, 2014 4:55:26 PM

Events at the Institute of Archaeology

Voices of War: UCL in WWI

Voices of War: UCL in WWI

The Institute of Archaeology’s new student exhibition, Voices of War: UCL in WWI, opens to the public from 6 May 2014. More...

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Institute of Archaeology Tours

Tours of the Institute of Archaeology and its facilities and collections will be held on selected dates through July-September. More...

Percussive Technology in Human Evolution

Percussive Technology in Human Evolution

An international conference on Percussive Technology in Human Evolution will take place at the Institute of Archaeology on 18 & 19 September. More...

Company of images: modelling the ancient Egyptian imaginary world of the Middle Bronze Age (Image courtesy of Gianluca Miniaci)

Company of images: modelling the ancient Egyptian imaginary world of the Middle Bronze Age (2000-1500 BC)

An international conference exploring the fertile imaginary world of Middle Bronze Age Egypt through its material culture and archaeological sources will be held at UCL from 18-20 September. More...

Maya on the Thames (Maya Myths and Glyphs Workshop 2014)

Maya on the Thames

The 3rd Annual Workshop on Maya Myths and Glyphs, organised in association with the UCL Public Engagement Unit, will be held at the Institute from 19-21 September. More...

Prehistoric textiles

Creativity, Innovation, Function: Prehistoric Textile Art in Central Europe - a case study from Hallstatt

Karina Grömer (Natural History Museum, Vienna) will give a lecture at the Institute of Archaeology on 9 October. More...

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