Who we are
Archaeology South-East operates as an independent cost-centre within the Centre for Applied Archaeology of the Institute of Archaeology at University College London.
- University College London was founded by Royal Charter in 1826 to open up education in England to students of any race, class or religion. UCL was the first university to welcome female students on equal terms with men. Today it is recognised as one of the world’s leading Universities, ranked fourth in the world by the QS World University Rankings (2013/14), and our research community boasts 21 Nobel Prizes. We have an operating turnover of nearly £940M per annum and employ over 11,000 staff.
- The Institute of Archaeology was established in 1937. It is a research-led institution recognised also for the excellence of its teaching. It is the largest university-based archaeological institution in Britain, with 70 academic teaching staff, rated top for archaeology in the UK (Guardian University Guide League Table 2016). Institute staff and graduates are active in archaeological research on a truly international scale, giving the Institute unrivaled potential to co-operate with local archaeological institutions around the world.
- The Centre for Applied Archaeology was created in 2006 as a replacement for the Field Archaeology Unit (also known as the Sussex Archaeological Unit) which was founded in 1973. In 2013 the former Essex County Council Field Archaeology Unit transferred to the Centre for Applied Archaeology, bringing forty years of experience in professional archaeology in East Anglia. The Centre for Applied Archaeology provides a wide range of structured links between the research activities of the Institute of Archaeology and the commercial work of Archaeology South-East.
The Institute of Archaeology incorporates a series of other specialist departments and research centres employing a wide range of professional archaeological scientists beyond the Institute’s teaching staff. These different specialist departments combine to make the Institute of Archaeology one the world’s leading sources of professional and academic expertise, to which Archaeology South-East has full access. In addition to the Centre for Applied Archaeology the Institute of Archaeology includes the:
- Institute of Archaeo-Metallurgical Studies
- Wolfson Laboratory for Archaeological Science
- Archaeological and Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
- UCL Centre for Materials Research
- International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology
- AHRC Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity
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