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The Archaeology Collections of UCL

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The Institute of Archaeology Collections

The Institute of Archaeology Collections contain over 80,000 objects that are used in teaching, research and outreach. Archaeological materials include ceramics, lithics and other objects from a range of periods across Europe, Africa, Egypt, the Levant, Mesopotamia, Pakistan, India, Mesoamerica, South America and the Caribbean. Notable collectors include Flinders Petrie (the Petrie Palestinian Collection), Kathleen Kenyon, Beatrice de Cardi, W.L. Hildburgh, R.G. Gayer-Anderson and Mortimer Wheeler. There are also extensive collections of archaeobotanical and zooarchaeological material which act as primary sources for the identification of plant and animal remains. Further collections of minerals, slag and other materials provide vital teaching resources for the study of ancient technology. A list of donors to the Institute's collections is available here.  


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The A.G. Leventis Gallery of Cypriot and Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology

The A.G. Leventis Gallery of Cypriot and Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology showcases the rich collections of the Institute of Archaeology. Objects from ancient Cyprus, Greece, Crete, Egypt and the Levant highlight the cultural diversity of this region over five thousand years and bring peoples of the past to life. These are accompanied by temporary themed displays that highlight the Institute's varied collections.  The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm; entry is free.


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Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

The Institute is associated with the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology which contains a superb collection of Egyptological material excavated or purchased by Sir Flinders Petrie together with material subsequently donated by the Egypt Exploration Society and other benefactors.


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