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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Victoria Ziegler being awarded the RAI Master's Dissertation Prize for 2016-17

Victoria Ziegler wins Royal Archaeological Institute’s Master's Dissertation Prize

Congratulations to Institute student Victoria Ziegler who has been awarded the Royal Archaeological Institute’s Master's Dissertation Prize for 2016-2017. More...

Cannonballs from the Mary Rose, Henry VIII's flagship (Image courtesy The Mary Rose)

Going ballistic! Exploring the secrets of the Mary Rose's cannonballs

Major advances into how to protect and preserve cannonballs found on Henry VIII's flagship vessel, The Mary Rose, have been made through a ground-breaking partnership between UCL, The Mary Rose and Diamond Light Source. More...

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David Wengrow on changing the course of human history

David Wengrow, and co-author David Graeber, suggest a re-think is needed about the course of human history in an essay for the leading cultural magazine, Eurozine. 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

The Application of Science in the Investigation of Human Rights Violations, a 30 years balance

Luis Fondebrider (Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, EAAF) will give a lecture at the Institute on 21 March. More...

Starts: Mar 21, 2018 6:00:00 PM

Nomadic Ecological View and Social Order of Kazakh Diet in Altai Region of Xinjiang

Chen Xiangjun (South-Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan) will give the next International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA) China Night Seminar of 2017-18 at the Institute on 21 March. More...

Starts: Mar 21, 2018 6:10:00 PM

Representing and Appropriating African Heritage at the British Museum: Critical Reflections on 'South Africa: The Art of a Nation'

John Giblin (The British Museum) will give the next seminar in the African Peoples and Pasts series at the Institute on 22 March. More...

Starts: Mar 22, 2018 5:00:00 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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