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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Company of Images: Modelling the Imaginary World of Middle Kingdom Egypt (2000-1500 BC)

Company of Images: Modelling the Imaginary World of Middle Kingdom Egypt (2000-1500 BC)

A new volume, edited by Gianluca Miniaci, Marilina Betrò and Stephen Quirke resulting from the EPOCHS conference held at the Institute in 2014 has recently been published by Peeters. More...

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The Museum of Ordinary Animals: The boring beasts that changed the world

Institute researchers have contributed to a new exhibition at the Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL which has recently opened to the public. More...

CTRN researchers at EMAC2017

Institute research highlighted at European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics

Researchers from the Institute's Ceramic Technology Research Network (CTRN) highlighted their projects at the recent European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics, held in Bordeaux. 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

Archaeometallurgy of the Iberian Peninsula project (1982-2017)

Ignacio Montero Ruiz (Honorary Senior Lecturer, UCL) will give the fourth seminar in the Term I Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series highlighting current research at the Institute on 23 October. More...

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

Rethinking the Origins of True Porcelain in China

Zhefeng Yang (Peking University, China) will give the first International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA) China Night Seminar of 2017-18 at the Institute on 23 October. More...

Starts: Oct 23, 2017 6:00:00 PM

At the heart of Mare Nostrum: small islands and connectivity in the later prehistory of Sicily

Helen Dawson (Free University of Berlin) will give the second Accordia Lecture of the 2017-18 series at Senate House on 24 October. More...

Starts: Oct 24, 2017 5:30:00 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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