Institute of Archaeology Publications
The Institute has a Publications Committee whose role is to promote the publication of material that reflects the breadth and quality of research carried out and supported by the Institute and to offer guidance to Institute staff and students who seek advice on publication.
Left Coast Press
The Institute publishes many of its research publications in association with Left Coast Press Inc., Walnut Creek, California (distributed via their European distributor, Eurospan). Left Coast Press now also produce and distribute older Institute of Archaeology publications. Information for Institute staff and students here»
The Institute produces the following 'in-house' publications:
- Archaeology International (New online edition now also available)
- Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies (relaunched in 2011)
- Papers from the Institute of Archaeology (PIA)
- Present Pasts
Institute of Archaeology students produce Artifact magazine (now online)»
Mundane objects: materiality and non-verbal communication by Pierre Lemonnier
This book demonstrates the importance of objects that, despite their 'ordinariness', lie at the heart of their makers’ and users’ systems of thought and practices. Some objects, Lemonnier argues, can wordlessly express the inexpressible fundamental aspects of a way of living and thinking in both ritual and non-ritual situations. By studying mundane technical activities such as fence building, creating models cars or trapping fish, we often gain a better understanding of what these objects mean and how they work within their cultures of origin. This concise book will interest all those who see the intertwining of ‘function’ and ‘style’ as the very mark of all cultural behaviour: anthropologists and archaeologists; sociologists, historians, philosophers, cognitive anthropologists and primatologists.
From Concepts of the Past to Practical Strategies: The Teaching of Archaeological Field Techniques, edited by Peter Ucko, Jane Hubert and Qin Ling
This book is the first to undertake a comparative assessment of how excavation and fieldwork techniques are taught to university students in many different parts of the world. It is the result of a three-day international conference held by the International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA) in Beijing in 2006. Contributors from Africa, Australia, India, Southeast Asia, South and North America and Europe (including a number of Institute of Archaeology staff) present strong arguments on the core theme, concepts of the past, and describe fieldwork practices and teaching in their own countries. This is a ground-breaking work both in its theoretical breadth and range of practical information.
- Further information about a special offer for UCL students is available here»
Full details of staff publications are available on their profile pages. A searchable database of staff publications is provided by UCL’s Research Publications Service (UCL Discovery).