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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Zero footprint: What shall we leave behind?

The AHRC-funded Heritage Futures project is collaborating with ceramicist Martin Kunze on a project to bury a snapshot of all human knowledge. More...


Job Vacancy: Research Associate, AHRC Heritage Priority Area

The Institute of Archaeology currently has a vacancy for a Research Associate (Ref.: 1620928). The deadline for applications is 10 February 2017. More...

Pioneers of Archaeology exhibition at Alesia MuseoParc (2016)

Exhibition project at Alesia MuseoParc: Portraits of Archaeologists

Mike Parker Pearson has been selected as one of 20 archaeologists from around the world to be honoured in a 2017 exhibition at Alesia MuseoParc. More...

Recent Looting at the 1st millennium AD cemetery site of Bidi, near Douentza, Mali

Mali's Looted Treasures

Kevin MacDonald was interviewed recently on the BBC World Service's Newshour programme about Mali's Looted Treasures. 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

UpNorth: Recolonising Northern Europe after the big freeze

Rhiannon Stevens (UCL) will give the third seminar in the Term II Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series on 23 January. More...

Starts: Jan 23, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Accordia Lecture: Landscape as political negotiation, 6000BC - AD2016: a long duree history of Southern Calabria

John Robb (University of Cambridge) will give the fourth Accordia Lecture of the 2016-17 series at Senate House on 24 January. More...

Starts: Jan 24, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Power, religion and architecture: The archaeology of the Jesuit settlements in Ethiopia (1614-1633)

Jorge de Torres (British Museum) will give the next seminar in the African Peoples and Pasts series at the Institute on 26 January. More...

Starts: Jan 26, 2017 6:00:00 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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