Institute of Archaeology



Megalith quarries for Stonehenge bluestones

Excavations at two quarries in Wales, known to be the source of the Stonehenge bluestones, provide new evidence of megalith quarrying 5,000 years ago, according to a new study led by UCL Institute of Archaeology researchers.

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Digitising endangered archaeological heritage in Central Asia

The Central Asian Archaeological Landscapes (CAAL) project has been launched at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, dedicated to the digitisation of archaeological heritage across this vast region – one that stretches from the Caspian Sea to western China.

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Folkton Drums - measuring devices for Stonehenge?

Collaborative research by UCL and the University of Manchester has shown that the Folkton Drums could have been used in the construction of monuments such as Stonehenge.

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Petra 1929

Amara Thornton, History of Archaeology Network Coordinator at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, received a CBRL Centennial Award for a project on the first intensive excavations at Petra, which took place in the spring of 1929, 90 years ago this year.

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UCL Institute of Archaeology to host TAG 2019

The UCL Institute of Archaeology is delighted to announce its organisation of the 41st annual Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) Conference in December 2019.

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Earliest discovery of clove and pepper from ancient south Asia

Collaborative research, involving UCL Institute of Archaeology researchers, has discovered the first empirical evidence of cloves and black pepper to be found in Sri Lanka, suggesting that exotic spice trade in the region dates back to as early as 600 AD.

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Earliest evidence of 'animal engines'

A new study led by UCL Institute of Archaeology researchers has found that cattle pulled loads 2,000 years earlier than previously thought.

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Prizes awarded to Institute students 2018

Congratulations to the UCL Institute of Archaeology students who have been awarded Faculty and departmental prizes for the 2017-18 academic session.

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