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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Margaret Sparks and Clive on the Lower Brooks Street Site, 1966

Clive Orton publishes memoirs 'Degrees of Freedom'

Clive Orton, Emeritus Professor of Quantitative Archaeology at the Institute, has published his memoirs under the title 'Degrees of Freedom: and other episodes in an archaeological life'. More...

Greek pottery sherds

Fields, sherds and scholars: Recording and interpreting survey ceramics

Todd Whitelaw was invited to give the Keynote Lecture at a conference for early career researchers in Athens last month. More...

UNESCO HQ, Paris (Image courtesy of William Carruthers)

Conference: Heritage, Decolonisation and the Field

A conference entitled Heritage, Decolonisation and the Field will be held at the Institute in January 2018, for which a call for papers is announced. More...

Stonehenge (Image courtesy of Adam Sanford, Aerial Cam)

Mike Parker Pearson leads Stonehenge feedback from a consortium of experts

Mike Parker Pearson is part of a group of 21 archaeologists who have argued that a proposed tunnel under Stonehenge would block the sunset view the monument was designed to capture. 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

Researching the Islamic State: New Challenges and Opportunities

A workshop exploring diverse aspects of the development of the earliest Islamic states will be held at UCL on 28 & 29 March. More...

Starts: Mar 28, 2017 11:15:00 AM

UKAS 2017

The UK Archaeological Science (UKAS) conference will be hosted in London by the UCL Institute of Archaeology from 5-8 April, 2017. More...

Starts: Apr 5, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Early High Technology Ceramics Meeting

The second annual meeting of the Early High Technology Ceramics Network will be held at the Institute on 27 April. More...

Starts: Apr 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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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