UCL Institute of Archaeology

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 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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Making practice perfect: approaches to everyday life in Roman archaeology

Making practice perfect, a TRAC workshop looking at approaches to everyday life in Roman archaeology, will be held in January, for which a call for papers is announced. More...

New first year undergraduate students 2015-16

Welcome to the Institute's new student intake

The Institute of Archaeology is pleased to welcome the 2015/16 intake of new undergraduate and graduate students, who have now begun their studies at UCL. More...

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Institute signs Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment pledge

The Institute of Archaeology has signed the Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment pledge, making a commitment to challenge sexual harassment and support students and staff who experience it. More...


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We Need to Talk: Connecting Through Technology

The Institute of Archaeology’s new student exhibition, We Need to Talk: Connecting Through Technology, opens to the public from 8 May 2015. More...

Starts: May 8, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The Means of Exchange in Viking England

Jane Kershaw will give the second seminar in the Term I Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series highlighting current research at the Institute on 12 October. More...

Starts: Oct 12, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Recognition of Cattle Traction and its Role in Building the Early Civilisations in North China

Minghao Lin (University of Cambridge) will give the first International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA) China Night Lecture of 2015-16 at the Institute on 15 October. More...

Starts: Oct 15, 2015 5:30:00 PM

Past and Future Earth: A Case Study from Ambergris Caye, Belize

The research team led by Elizabeth Graham will give the third seminar in the Term I Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series highlighting current research at the Institute on 19 October. More...

Starts: Oct 19, 2015 4:00:00 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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