The Institute has outstanding facilities for an unparalleled range of archaeological research, including archives, libraries, laboratories, equipment, collections and support personnel associated with these areas. Significant investments in infrastructure including major equipment upgrades and improved postgraduate facilities have taken place in recent years and the benefit of these facilities is reflected in staff publications and PhD research. 


  • Archaeological & Geographical Information Systems Laboratory with dedicated hardware and specialist software packages to encourage computer-based research across a wide range of sub-fields in archaeology.
  • Archaeobotany Laboratory with extensive computer catalogued reference collections of seeds, fruits, woods and charcoals, roots and tubers, pollen, phytoliths and a herbarium collection of pressed plants Archaeobotany: Phytolith teaching & research images | Archaeobotany: Collections and Databases
  • Bone Laboratory a full zooarchaeology lab with bone and mollusc collections and facilities for digital and statistical analysis.
  • Conservation Laboratories equipped for the investigation and treatment of recently-excavated and museum-quality archaeological and ethnographic material.
  • Geoarchaeology Laboratory with a range of facilities, including wet-sieving capability.
  • Lithics Laboratory providing facilities to encourage research dealing with various aspects of lithic analysis including technological/ typological studies, experimental replications and microwear studies.
  • Photographic Laboratory with facilities to assist students gain experience of archaeological photography while also providing publication-quality images to staff for research outputs.
  • The UCL Ancient DNA Laboratory was built in 2012 under the direction of Mark Thomas. It is located in the Institute of Archaeology¬†but is shared among the following stakeholders - the Division of BioSciences; the Institute of Archaeology; the Centre for the Forensic Sciences. The lab provides a high-containment ultra-clean environment for the extraction and first-stage processing of nucleic acids from archaeological and forensic materials, and is positioned well-away from any post-PCR molecular biology activities.
  • Wolfson Archaeological Science Laboratories forming a collection of labs that is unparalleled in science-based archaeology within the UK and Europe with excellent facilities for the examination and analysis of a wide variety of archaeological materials.

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