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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Institute research expertise on show at EAA2017

Institute staff and students joined friends and colleagues, including a significant number of Institute Honorary members and alumni, at the recent EAA2017 conference. More...

ASE's Michael Shapland at the Brighton Pavilion site

WW1 letters discovered at Brighton Dome site

Further exciting discoveries have been made at the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange site where Archaeology South-East (ASE) have been working during its recent redevelopment. More...

Institute student awarded Daiwa Scholarship 2017

Institute student awarded Daiwa Scholarship 2017

Congratulations to Institute of Archaeology student, Tumi Markan, who has been named as a Daiwa Foundation Scholar for 2017. 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

Searching for the origins of Stonehenge

Mike Parker Pearson will give the opening seminar in the Term I Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series highlighting current research at the Institute on 2 October. More...

Starts: Oct 2, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Centre for Critical Heritage Studies Inaugural Annual Lecture: David Lowenthal in Conversation

The UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS) is delighted to announce its first annual lecture, to be given by UCL Emeritus Professor David Lowenthal. More...

Starts: Oct 2, 2017 6:00:00 PM

Classical archaeology collections in UK regional museums: visitors and contexts

Victoria Donnellan will give the second seminar in the Term I Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series highlighting current research at the Institute on 9 October. More...

Starts: Oct 9, 2017 4:00:00 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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