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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Paola Ponce receiving an Art Fund award for a collaborative bioarchaeological research project

Art Fund award for bioarchaeological research

Collaborative research involving Paola Ponce (Archaeology South-East) has been awarded a grant from the Art Fund’s Jonathan Ruffer Curational Grants Programme. More...

Wet rice cultivation, Orissa

'Pristine' landscapes no longer exist

Dorian Fuller and his team have contributed to a new study which indicates that ‘pristine’ landscapes do not exist anywhere in the world today and, in most cases, have not existed for at least several thousand years. More...

Aethelred II and Cnut the Great conference

Aethelred II and Cnut the Great

The Institute is one of the sponsors of a millennial conference to commemorate the siege of London in 1016.


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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

IAMS Archaeometallurgy Summer School 2016

The Institute for Archaeo-Metallurgical Studies (IAMS) will host its annual Archaeometallurgy Summer School at the Institute of Archaeology from 20 June to 1 July. More...

Starts: Jun 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Early Islamic urbanism: the shaping of a civilisation

A workshop exploring the development of the city in the early Islamic world and the extent to which it was shaped by the development of Islamic society will be held at UCL on 1 & 2 July. More...

Starts: Jul 1, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Symposium No. 2: Slow Cinema Screenings

A series of slow cinema film screenings will be held at UCL on 8 July. This event follows on from the inaugural Slow Cinema Symposium held at the Institute of Archaeology in April 2016. More...

Starts: Jul 8, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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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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