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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Job Vacancy: Research Associate for the 'Big Picnic' project

The Institute of Archaeology currently has a vacancy for a Research Associate (part-time, Ref.: 1710647). The deadline for applications is 23 February 2018. More...

New series of 'Britain at Low Tide' explores coastal and intertidal archaeology

New series of 'Britain at Low Tide' explores coastal and intertidal archaeology

CITiZAN (the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network) features in the new series of Britain at Low Tide, the first episode of which aired on 17 February. More...

Capuchin monkeys using stone tools

Digging up secrets of the monkey Stone Age

Results of collaborative research, involving Institute researcher Tomos Proffitt, is forcing us to rethink our cultural evolution. 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

Introduction to the British Museum Central Archive

Francesca Hillier (The British Museum) will give a seminar organised by the Institute's History of Archaeology Research Network at the Institute on 22 February. More...

Starts: Feb 22, 2018 6:00:00 PM

4th UCL Lecture on Climate and Human History: Why did agriculture have different consequences in different world regions?

Jared Diamond (Department of Geography, UCLA) will give the 4th UCL Lecture on Climate and Human History on 26 February. More...

Starts: Feb 26, 2018 6:00:00 PM

Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman Sculpture: Forgeries, Restoration and Emulation

David A. Scott (Emeritus Professor and Founding Director of the UCLA/Getty Conservation Programme) will give a lecture at the Institute on 1 March. More...

Starts: Mar 1, 2018 5:00:00 PM

Why Rice Farmers Don’t Sail: Near Coast Subsistence Traditions and Maritime Predilection

Qin Ling (Peking University) will give the next International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA) China Night Seminar of 2017-18 at the Institute on 1 March. More...

Starts: Mar 1, 2018 6:00:00 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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