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Institute of Archaeology Publications

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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»

IoA publications

The Institute produces the following 'in-house' publications:

Institute of Archaeology students produce Artifact magazine (now online)»


Featured publications

Computational Approaches to Archaeological Spaces, a new volume edited by Andrew Bevan and Mark Lake and published by Left Coast Press

Computational Approaches to Archaeological Spaces edited by Andrew Bevan and Mark Lake

The volume of original chapters written by experts in the field offers a snapshot of how historical built spaces, past cultural landscapes, and archaeological distributions are currently being explored through computational social science.

It focuses on the continuing importance of spatial and spatio-temporal pattern recognition in the archaeological record, considers more wholly model-based approaches that fix ideas and build theory, and addresses those applications where situated human experience and perception are a core interest.

Reflecting the changes in computational technology over the past decade, the authors bring in examples from historic and prehistoric sites in Europe, Asia, and the Americas to demonstrate the variety of applications available to the contemporary researcher.

Mundane objects: materiality and non-verbal communication by Pierre Lemonnier

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

From Concepts of the Past to Practical Strategies: The Teaching of Archaeological Field Techniques

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. 

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Staff publications

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).


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