UCL Institute of Archaeology

Leading Global Archaeology and Heritage

World Archaeology - Archaeological Sciences - Heritage - Conservation - Museum Studies

About the Institute


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. It is one of the very few places in the world actively pursuing research on a truly global scale in the archaeological sciences, heritage studies and world archaeology.

Its degree programmes offer an unrivalled variety of course options, both theoretical and practical, covering a diverse array of archaeological topics, and wide-ranging global fieldwork opportunities.

The Institute hosts numerous events on many different aspects of archaeology and is linked to many other heritage institutions, archaeological societies and organizations, providing an outstanding research environment for staff, students and visitors.


UCL Institute of Archaeology

Research at the Institute of Archaeology covers fieldwork, laboratory analysis and conservation, artefact studies, and theoretical, synthetic, and analytical work across a range of perspectives. It has more than 60 research active staff, projects on five continents and in the Pacific, and wins regular and substantial research funding from a wide range of national and international sources.


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Alison Weisskopf in Orissa, Sept 2010

Alison Weisskopf (1960-2018)

Institute staff, students, friends and colleagues will be saddened to hear of the death of Alison Weisskopf on 11 January. More...

The Römisch-Germanische Kommission in Frankfurt am Main (Image from Wikipedia: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%B6misch-Germanische_Kommission#/media/File:Frankfurt,_Palmengartenstra%C3%9Fe_10-12.JPG (CC0))

A tale of two empires: Rome, Britain and Brexit

Andrew Gardner has just commenced a one-month study visit at the Römisch-Germanische Kommission (RGK) in Frankfurt am Main. More...

The MA in Museum Studies offers a programme of museum visits

Job Vacancy: Teaching Fellow in Heritage & Museum Studies

The Institute of Archaeology currently has a vacancy for a Teaching Fellow in Heritage and Museum Studies (Ref.:1705187). The deadline for applications is 23 January 2018. More...


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Sex and Symbolism

The Institute of Archaeology’s new student exhibition, Sex and Symbolism, will open to the public in May 2017. More...

Starts: May 8, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Objects in narratives: material cultures of childhood in WW2 oral histories

Gabriel Moshenska will give the second seminar in the Term II Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series on 22 January. More...

Starts: Jan 22, 2018 4:00:00 PM

From maiolica to terracotta: an industrial reconversion in the Arno valley in the early modern period

Hugo Blake (RHUL) will give the fifth Accordia Lecture of the 2017-18 series at Senate House on 23 January. More...

Starts: Jan 23, 2018 5:30:00 PM

Norwich Castle Keep: A 12th Century Building Reinterpreted for the 21st Century

The fifth seminar in the 2017-18 Institute of Archaeology/British Museum Medieval Seminar Series will be given by Tim Pestell (Norwich Castle Museum) on 23 January. More...

Starts: Jan 23, 2018 6:00:00 PM

Metallurgy Industry of Central China and its Frontier Areas during Pre-Qin period

Chen Jianli (Peking University) will give the next International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA) China Night Seminar of 2017-18 at the Institute on 24 January.

Starts: Jan 24, 2018 6:10:00 PM

About UCL


Why Archaeology? Few other subjects address the very wide breadth of skills and topics covered in an archaeology degree. The academic, laboratory and fieldwork components within the degrees offered by the Institute of Archaeology give graduates a real advantage in developing their careers. At the Institute we aim to give you the best experience throughout your degree, and the best start in your chosen career.

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