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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Beaker from Netheravon Flying School in Wiltshire

Collaborative Beaker People research wins Ben Cullen Prize

Congratulations to Mike Parker Pearson and colleagues who have won this year's Ben Cullen Prize, awarded to the runner up for best contribution to Antiquity. More...

Director Hou of the Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum and Xiuzhen Janice Li (Senior Archaeologist in the Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum and Institute Honorary Senior Research Associate)

80th Anniversary news: Terracotta warrior gift to the Institute of Archaeology

In recognition of the Institute of Archaeology’s 80th Anniversary, the Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum Xi'an, China has gifted a to-scale replica terracotta warrior to the Institute. More...

Stonehenge (Courtesy of Adam Stanford © Aerial-Cam Ltd)

Uncovering the mystery of Stonehenge

Research by Mike Parker Pearson, who led the Stonehenge Riverside Project from 2003 to 2009, has featured in a recent article for the BBC. More...

Flinders Petrie in the field documenting recently excavated artefacts, c. 1900. Image courtesy of the UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

Archaeological antiquities should not be sold on the open market

Alice Stevenson, writing in The Conversation, explains why the 'legal' sale of antiquities from public museums into private ownership should be challenged. 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

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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