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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Institute hosts visit from Igbo Ukwu community

Institute hosts visit from Igbo-Ukwu community

The Institute recently hosted a visit by descendants of the excavation teams of Igbo-Ukwu (southern Nigeria), one of West Africa's most celebrated and enigmatic archaeological sites. More...

Site of Jalame, at the foot of Mount Carmel, Haifa where oldest known glass-making furnaces in Israel found

Discovery of key Roman glass making furnaces

Ian Freestone was present during the recent discovery of the oldest known glass-making furnaces in Israel. More...


AHRC award for TruLife Research Network

Elizabeth Graham is part of a research network concerned with Precolumbian Tropical urban Life (TruLife) which has just received an AHRC award. More...


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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

MORPH2016: Morphometric Applications in Archaeology and Anthropology

MORPH2016: Morphometric Applications in Archaeology and Anthropology will be hosted by the Institute on 26 May. More...

Starts: May 26, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Institute of Archaeology Graduate Open Evening

The Institute will hold its next Graduate Open Evening on 1 June for those interested in masters courses or research degrees, as well as for those students already accepted onto a programme. More...

Starts: Jun 1, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Accordia Lecture: Permeable boundaries in the late 3rd millennium BC central Mediterranean

Giulia Recchia (Foggia University) will give the final Accordia Lecture of the 2015-16 series at the Institute on 7 June. More...

Starts: Jun 7, 2016 5:30:00 PM

About UCL



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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