UCL Institute of Archaeology

Leading Global Archaeology and Heritage

World Archaeology - Archaeological Science - Heritage - Conservation - Museum Studies

About the Institute


The UCL Institute of Archaeology is the largest and one of the most highly regarded centres for archaeology, cultural heritage and museum studies in Britain. It is one of the very few places in the world actively pursuing research on a truly global scale in the archaeological sciences, heritage studies and world archaeology.

Its degree programmes offer an unrivalled variety of course options, both theoretical and practical, covering a diverse array of archaeological topics, and wide-ranging global fieldwork opportunities.

The Institute hosts numerous events on many different aspects of archaeology and is linked to many other heritage institutions, archaeological societies and organizations, providing an outstanding research environment for staff, students and visitors.


UCL Institute of Archaeology

Research at the Institute of Archaeology covers fieldwork, laboratory analysis and conservation, artefact studies, and theoretical, synthetic, and analytical work across a range of perspectives. It has more than 60 research active staff, projects on five continents and in the Pacific, and wins regular and substantial research funding from a wide range of national and international sources.


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The Eurofarm project team on fieldwork in Montenegro (2016)

View from the trenches: Montenegro (2016)

Marc Vander Linden, Jane Gaastra, Nelis Drost and Sébastien Manem undertook the 2016 field season in Montenegro earlier this term, led by the EUROFARM project. More...

Stressed Out! Debunking the stress myth in the study of archaeological human remains

Stressed Out! Debunking the stress myth in the study of archaeological human remains

The IoA Annual Conference 2017, to be held at the Institute in May, will investigate 'stress' in human remains research and for which a call for papers is announced. More...

Chart showing estimated number of Danish Viking settlers

The extent of Viking settlement in Britain

Research involving the Institute's Jane Kershaw draws into question the findings of a recent study regarding the extent of Viking settlement in Britain. More...

UCL Institute of Archaeology (Photo: Lisa Daniel)

Prizes awarded to Institute students 2016

Congratulations to the Institute of Archaeology students who have been awarded Faculty and departmental prizes for the 2015-16 academic session. More...


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Mysteries of the Mind

The Institute of Archaeology’s new student exhibition, Mysteries of the Mind, opens to the public from 13 May 2016. 

Starts: May 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

The Building Bridges project at the Science Museum: Research with families who are absent or infrequent museum visitors

Naomi Haywood will give the final seminar in the Term I Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series highlighting current research at the Institute on 12 December. More...

Starts: Dec 12, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Wilderness and territorial boundaries in medieval Ireland

The fourth seminar in the 2016-17 Institute of Archaeology/British Museum Medieval Seminar Series will be given by Elizabeth Fitzpatrick (Galway, NUI) on 13 December.

Starts: Dec 13, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Questions Surrounding Early Millet Agriculture in China

Chris Stevens (UCL) will give the next International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA) China Night Seminar of 2016-17 at the Institute on 15 December. More...

Starts: Dec 15, 2016 6:00:00 PM

About UCL


Why Archaeology? Few other subjects address the very wide breadth of skills and topics covered in an archaeology degree. The academic, laboratory and fieldwork components within the degrees offered by the Institute of Archaeology give graduates a real advantage in developing their careers. At the Institute we aim to give you the best experience throughout your degree, and the best start in your chosen career.

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