Institute of Archaeology


Institute of Archaeology Publications

The UCL Institute of Archaeology has a Publications Committee whose role is to promote the publication of material that reflects the breadth and quality of research carried out and supported by the Institute and to offer guidance to Institute staff and students who seek advice on publication.


The Institute publishes many of its research publications in association with Routledge, a branch of Taylor & Francis. Routledge also produce and distribute older Institute of Archaeology publications.

Institute publications

The Institute produces the following 'in-house' publications:

Institute of Archaeology students produce Artifact magazine (now online)»

Featured publications

Wrapping and Unwrapping Material Culture: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives edited by Susanna Harris and Laurence Douny

This innovative volume challenges contemporary views on material culture by exploring the relationship between wrapping materials and practices and the objects, bodies, and places that define them.

Using examples as diverse as baby swaddling, Egyptian mummies, Celtic tombs, lace underwear, textile clothing, and contemporary African silk, the dozen archaeologist and anthropologist contributors show how acts of wrapping and unwrapping are embedded in beliefs and thoughts of a particular time and place.

Employing methods of artifact analysis, microscopy, and participant observation, the contributors provide a new lens on material culture and its relationship to cultural meaning.

Computational Approaches to Archaeological Spaces edited by Andrew Bevan and Mark Lake

The volume of original chapters written by experts in the field offers a snapshot of how historical built spaces, past cultural landscapes, and archaeological distributions are currently being explored through computational social science.

It focuses on the continuing importance of spatial and spatio-temporal pattern recognition in the archaeological record, considers more wholly model-based approaches that fix ideas and build theory, and addresses those applications where situated human experience and perception are a core interest.

Reflecting the changes in computational technology over the past decade, the authors bring in examples from historic and prehistoric sites in Europe, Asia, and the Americas to demonstrate the variety of applications available to the contemporary researcher.

From Concepts of the Past to Practical Strategies: The Teaching of Archaeological Field Techniques edited by Peter Ucko, Jane Hubert and Qin Ling

This book is the first to undertake a comparative assessment of how excavation and fieldwork techniques are taught to university students in many different parts of the world. It is the result of a three-day international conference held by the International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA) in Beijing in 2006. Contributors from Africa, Australia, India, Southeast Asia, South and North America and Europe (including a number of Institute of Archaeology staff) present strong arguments on the core theme, concepts of the past, and describe fieldwork practices and teaching in their own countries. This is a ground-breaking work both in its theoretical breadth and range of practical information. 

Staff publications

Full details of staff publications are available on their profile pages. A searchable database of staff publications is provided by UCL’s Research Publications Service (UCL Discovery).