Facilities and Staff
UCL's Institute of Archaeology and Department of Anthropology provide a very stimulating environment for postgraduate study. In combination, they have over 100 academic staff and 450 Masters and Doctoral students coming from over 40 countries. Each department has excellent library and laboratory facilities and the resources of the British Library, British Museum and Natural History Museum are nearby.
The Institute boast a wide range of laboratory facilities
relevant to this degree including dedicated laboratories for
zooarchaeology (with a comparative collection of Near Eastern and
European faunal remains), archaeobotany (with extensive comparative
collections for seeds, wood, tubers, phytoliths and pollen), phytolith processing, sedimentology and scanning
The teaching staff for this degree bring
together a range and depth of expertise that is arguably unparalleled at
- Manuel Arroya-Kalin specialises in geoarchaeology. His research is concentrated on South American pre-Columbian history, particularly Amazonia, where he is investigating historical ecology and landscape history, human niche-building, plant cultivation and the study of anthropogenic soils.
- Dorian Fuller specialises in archaeobotany of Africa and Asia, with a focus on plant domestication and the agricultural changes associated with early complex societies. He has recently completed a book with Eleni Asouti entitled Trees and Woodlands of South India: Archaeological Perspectives and a major comparative paper on crop domestication.
- Louise Martin has a strong background in the vertebrate zooarchaeology of south-western Asia, including domestication and early herd management. Further research and teaching interests include the production and consumption of animal foods, mammalian ecology and ethology.
- Michele Wollstonecroft specialises in the archaeobotany of prehistoric hunter-gatherer but is interested in human uses of wild plants, regardless of whether it is by farming or forager societies. Her recent research is focused on the role of plant food processing in human evolution, diet and dietary selection and its implications for human niche construction and for the origins of agriculture.
This degree has its own full set of webpages to assist in teaching and research.
- For details of Departmental funding opportunities please click here
- A list of the funding opportunities available for students taking taught Masters programmes is provided by the Student Funding Office.
While you are here
After you leave
- We expect that some graduates of the programme will go on to do PhDs but that others will be well-placed to pursue a wide range of professional careers both within and beyond archaeology, including employment as environmental specialists for contract archaeology units.
Further Information and Application Forms
- Applications are normally accepted any time from 1st November to 1st August unless there are no longer any places available.
- For further details, please email Michele Wollstonecroft or the Institute of Archaeology's Graduate Admission Tutor.