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Archaeologists study the past using diverse methods and evidence, from remote prehistory to the recent past, in all parts of the world, above ground, below ground, and under water. UCL's Institute of Archaeology offers unique opportunities to explore this diversity.

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Why study Archaeology at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Archaeology is one of the world's largest and most eminent centres for archaeology, with over 70 staff conducting research across the globe. The institute houses a famous archaeological library of c.80,000 volumes, as well as extensive laboratory facilities and teaching collections. London offers unrivalled opportunities to visit museums, exhibitions and public lectures on archaeology.

What you will gain from study at UCL

You will gain a truly international perspective on archaeology through close interaction with leading researchers from around the world. We offer a uniquely wide range of specialist options, taught in small groups that encourage discussion and hands-on experience.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, discussions, and practical/laboratory classes. Most assessment is by coursework (essays), but some modules also include an examination. Alternative arrangements are made as needed. Please note that some options are offered on a biennial basis, and all run subject to sufficient enrolment. Contact the Affiliate Tutor to confirm details.

Modules in Archaeology

Please note that this guide lists a wide range of popular module options, but it is not exhaustive and some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have a particular interest or academic requirement you are advised to cross reference the listing in the online Study Abroad Guide with that on the relevant departmental pages, and to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

Level 1 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
ARCL1002 Introduction to Roman Archaeology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL1003A World Archaeology (i): Evolutionary Origins to the Earliest States 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL1003B World Archaeology (ii): From Early States to Globalization 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL1004 Introduction to Greek Archaeology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL1009 Introduction to Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL1010 Introduction to European Prehistory 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL1014 Introduction to Archaeology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL1017 People and Environments 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL6002 Ancient Egypt in London 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL6003 London Before the Great Fire 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 2 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
ARCL2012 Archaeology of Ancient Egypt 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 0.5/1 (CU)
ARCL2019 Public Archaeology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL2028 Current Issues in Archaeological Theory 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL2037 Interpreting Archaeological Evidence 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 3 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
ARCL2007 Greek Art and Architecture 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL2008 Roman Art and Architecture 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL2014 Zooarchaeology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL2018 The Early Medieval Archaeology of Britain 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 0.5/1 (CU)
ARCL2029 The Archaeology of Mesoamerica 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL2035 Archaeological Photography 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL2036 Archaeological Illustration and Imaging 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL2046 Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Language 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL3004 Archaeological Ceramics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL3026 History, Ethnography and Archaeology of African States 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL3040 Archaeology and Art of Historic South Asia 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL3060 Ancient Societies of Amazonia 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL3063 Art and Archaeology of Early Imperial China 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL3072 The Archaeology of the Levant 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL3075 Understanding Complex Societies: Egypt and Mesopotamia in the Third Millennium BC 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL3082 The Late Bronze Age Aegean in the Mediterranean World 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL3086 The Archaeology of Etruscan Italy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL3096 Iron Age Europe 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ARCL3103 The Early Islamic World 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

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