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UCL Institute of Archaeology Annual News Round-Up

Issue 2023

We would like to wish all our UCL Institute of Archaeology (IoA) and Archaeology South-East (ASE) friends and colleagues, past and current staff and students, Season’s Greetings and all best wishes for 2024.

This past year has marked a significant change to our IoA community.  A number of our long-standing staff members - Martin Bridge, Andrew Garrard, Elizabeth Graham, Simon Hillson, Richard Macphail, Dominic Perring, James Steele, Tim Williams and Karen Wright -  decided to retire. Their contributions, in their various research and teaching areas and departmental roles, over the years has been outstanding. This is not really goodbye as most will continue their association with us in Honorary or Emeritus capacities!

Louise Rayner took over as Director of ASE on Dominic's retirement, Paul Wordsworth was appointed as our new Lecturer in Silk Roads Archaeology and Heritage and Murray Andrews will take up the part-time post of Lecturer in British Archaeology (from March 2024). We will also welcome further new colleagues going forward.

Here are some IoA and ASE news stories from 2023. For full details of all our news, events and activities, please continue to visit the IoA and ASE websites and follow us on social media.

UCL Institute of Archaeology 3rd in the world

The UCL Institute of Archaeology has been ranked 3rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2023.

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The QS World University Rankings by Subject are compiled annually to help prospective students identify the leading universities in a particular subject. The IoA's degree programmes offer an unrivalled variety of course options, both theoretical and practical, covering diverse archaeological topics, as well as wide-ranging fieldwork opportunities.

Venice Biennale Exhibition on concept of cities and urban origins

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David Wengrow collaborated on The Nebelivka Hypothesis, a multi-media video exhibition, which premiered at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia, The Laboratory of the Future. This may be the first time that archaeology has been represented in this major forum. Read more about the Venice Biennale Exhibition»

Rendlesham reveals a 1,400 year old temple

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A possible pre-Christian temple from the time of the East Anglian Kings has been found at Rendlesham, near Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, by a team of archaeologists led by UCL researchers. Read more about this new discovery»

Read more about our student fieldwork opportunities and experiences»

Selected awards, appointments and invitations 

Stanford Lectures (USA) 2023

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Sue Hamilton and David Wengrow were invited to give Stanford University Distinguished Lectures this year.

Selected ASE News

Giant stone artefacts found on rare Ice Age site in Kent

This year ASE researchers discovered some of the largest early prehistoric stone tools in Britain - including the third largest ever found - among 800 stone tools recovered during excavations in Kent. 

The largest giant handaxe photographed from four different angles. Credit: Archaeology South-East/ UCL

Save the date - this work will be featured on Digging for Britain due to be broadcast on BBC on 10 January 2024!

Congratulations again....

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