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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Chart showing estimated number of Danish Viking settlers

The extent of Viking settlement in Britain

Research involving the Institute's Jane Kershaw draws into question the findings of a recent study regarding the extent of Viking settlement in Britain. More...

UCL Institute of Archaeology (Photo: Lisa Daniel)

Prizes awarded to Institute students 2016

Congratulations to the Institute of Archaeology students who have been awarded Faculty and departmental prizes for the 2015-16 academic session. More...

UCL Institute of Archaeology (Image courtesy of Lisa Daniel)

Job Vacancy: Accounts/HR and Events Administrative Assistant (Maternity Cover)

The Institute of Archaeology currently has a vacancy for an Accounts/HR and Events Administrative Assistant (Ref.:1609611). The deadline for applications is 6 December 2016. More...


AHRC - GCRF funding for Restricted Access Pilot Project

Rodney Harrison and Trinidad Rico (Texas A&M University at Qatar; Honorary Lecturer at the Institute) have received an award of c.£120k from the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Global Challenges Research Fund. 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 stars look very different today" Celebrity veneration, grassroot memorial and the apotheosis of David Bowie

Paul Graves Brown & Hilary Orange will give the penultimate seminar in the Term I Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series highlighting current research at the Institute on 5 December. More...

Starts: Dec 5, 2016 4:00:00 PM

‘An Even More Unexpected Find’: The synagogue of Dura-Europos and its place in local society

The Institute of Archaeology and Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society will jointly host a lecture by Ted Kaizer (University of Durham) at UCL on 5 December. More...

Starts: Dec 5, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Accordia Lecture: Sicily in transition: a new archaeological study of the island in the 6th to 13th centuries AD

Martin Carver (University of York) & Alessandra Molinari (University of Rome 2, Tor Vergata) will give the third Accordia Lecture of the 2016-17 series at Senate House on 6 December. More...

Starts: Dec 6, 2016 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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