The Institute of Archaeology forms part of the Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. Administratively we are organised into three Sections - Archaeological Sciences, Heritage Studies, and World Archaeology, with academic, research and technical staff being allocated to the most relevant Section to their interests.
The Institute aims to provide archaeological opportunities of the highest quality to all, regardless of background, focusing on the importance of the past in the present and for the future.
The Institute of Archaeology's mission is:
- to be internationally pre-eminent in the study, and comparative analysis, of world archaeology
- to enhance our national and international reputation for the quality and breadth of our multi-disciplinary and thematic approach to the study of the human past
- to promote best practice in the management of cultural heritage and in the study, care and preservation of archaeological artefacts
- to promote awareness of the problems caused by illicit trade in antiquities and the destruction of archaeological heritage that it entails
- to ensure that the social, political and economic contexts of the practice of archaeology are taught and appreciated
- to be at the forefront of international research in archaeological sciences
- to play a major role in furthering the understanding of London's archaeological and historical past
- to provide archaeological opportunities of the highest quality to all, regardless of background