Institute of Archaeology



Research at the UCL Institute of Archaeology covers fieldwork, laboratory analysis and conservation, artefact studies, and theoretical, synthetic, and analytical work across a range of perspectives.

Research Directory

Research at Merv

The Institute of Archaeology is a world-class institution with a thriving research environment, unique in the scale and diversity of its research and the global scope of its expertise and collaborative links. We secure regular and substantial research funding from a wide range of national and international sources.

Staff Bookshelf

The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity - Penguin (forthcoming 2021, David Wengrow)

The Institute of Archaeology Bookshelf highlights forthcoming and recently authored and edited volumes by members of the Institute community. 

Full details of of staff publications are available on staff profile webpages and UCL Discovery. Details of other Institute of Archaeology associated publications are available here.


Research ethics

The Institute of Archaeology takes research ethics very seriously and provides information to staff and students to ensure their research is designed and conducted in an ethical way and compliant with existing Institute and UCL policy as well as UK law and international law, where relevant.


UCL Institute of Archaeology laboratories

The Institute of Archaeology has outstanding facilities for an unparalleled range of archaeological research, including laboratories, equipment, archives and collections.

Research Excellence

REF2021 infographic, UCL Institute of Archaeology is 1st for research power

The Institute of Archaeology is a long-established international leader in the discipline and an exemplary centre for research. It is first for research power in the UK according to the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

Covid-19 initiatives

Image contribution to the Viral Archive project

The Institute of Archaeology is contributing to Covid-19 related research initiatives, collaborating with colleagues across UCL and beyond. Archaeology as a discipline provides strong historical and comparative perspectives on demography, pathology and zoonoses, especially as associated with the process of adoption of sedentary lifeways.