UCL Institute of Archaeology

Leading Global Archaeology and Heritage

World Archaeology - Archaeological Science - 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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Wild monkeys flake stone tools (Image credit: Michael Haslam, Primate Archaeology Group)

Wild monkeys flake stone tools

Research published this week in Nature involving Institute alumnus Tomos Proffitt and Ignacio de la Torre suggests that human evolutionary theories may need to be re-visited. More...

Don Brothwell (Image courtesy of the University of York)

Don Brothwell

Institute staff, students, friends and colleagues will be saddened to hear of the recent death of Don Brothwell. More...

Book Launch at the Sir David Wilson Lecture in Medieval Studies (19 October) - A Festschrift in honour of Vera Ivy Evison

Book Launch at the Sir David Wilson Lecture in Medieval Studies (19 October)

This year’s Wilson Lecture will be delivered by Wendy Davies on the topic of early medieval Spain, but the event will also mark the life and work of a scholar who worked at the Institute in its early years. More...

PrimTech 2016 (Image courtesy of Charlotte Frearson)

Welcome to the Institute's new student intake

The Institute of Archaeology is pleased to welcome the 2016/17 intake of new undergraduate and graduate students, who have now begun their studies at UCL. More...


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Mysteries of the Mind

The Institute of Archaeology’s new student exhibition, Mysteries of the Mind, opens to the public from 13 May 2016. 

Starts: May 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

The social dynamics of lakes

Andrew Reid will give the fourth seminar in the Term I Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series highlighting current research at the Institute on 24 October. More...

Starts: Oct 24, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Narrative and naturalism in Classical Greek and early Imperial Chinese Art

Jeremy Tanner will give the fifth seminar in the Term I Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series highlighting current research at the Institute on 31 October. More...

Starts: Oct 31, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Investigating Maltese rural settlement development (AD 500-1530)

The second seminar in the 2016-17 Institute of Archaeology/British Museum Medieval Seminar Series will be given by Keith Buhagiar (Malta) on 1 November. More...

Starts: Nov 1, 2016 6:00:00 PM

About UCL



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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