Institute of Archaeology


Civilization, Inequality and Political Organisation

The UCL Institute of Archaeology has a long history of research leadership on the comparative study of past cities, states and empires.


Institute researchers study the emergence, rise, persistence and collapse of complex societies, exploring how inequality emerged and how shifts in political organisation are reflected in the material record.

Work is concentrated on early Empires, including Assyria, the Roman Empire, the Inca empire,and the post-classic Maya as well as research on the archaeology of slavery in colonial America with dynamic models of interaction and integration at larger geographical scales being developed.


Current projects

Recent projects