Research at the 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.
The Institute of Archaeology has a long-standing position as a world-leading centre for cutting-edge research in Environmental Archaeology and Archaeological Material Science. A hallmark of the Institute's approach is the application of natural science methods to anthropological and archaeological enquiry, resulting in a holistic and socially relevant understanding of the interaction of past people with their environments and material culture.
The Institute of Archaeology is renowned as one of the
world’s leading centres of expertise for research and teaching in the fields of
Museum Studies, Conservation, Cultural Heritage Studies, and Public
Archaeology. This is a strongly interdisciplinary area of study
and the section brings together scholars from a wide range of academic and
professional backgrounds, including anthropology, archaeology, conservation,
curatorship, heritage management, museum education, and material culture
Institute of Archaeology is home to unparalleled global expertise. World-class
scholars engage in research and outreach activity that seeks to address
fundamental issues relating to the development of human societies. Archaeology
is uniquely placed to investigate human behaviour in long-term perspective in
its many guises, situations, periods and places, and the Institute is at the forefront of the contemporary development of the
The Institute of Archaeology is a world-class institution with a thriving research environment, unique in the scale and diversity of its research and the global scope of its expertise and collaborative links. Research covers fieldwork,
laboratory analysis and conservation, artefact studies, and theoretical,
synthetic, and analytical work across a range of perspectives. The
Institute currently has more than
60 research active staff and projects on five continents and in the
The Institute of Archaeology takes research ethics very seriously and provides information to staff and students to ensure their research is designed and conducted in an ethical way and compliant with existing Institute and UCL policy as well as UK law and international law, where relevant.