Research foci include archaeology and the history of religions as well as construction and use of ritual landscapes.
Institute research is concerned with integrated studies of the archaeology and history of religions, including Buddhism and Hinduism, Christianity and syncretism, and classical Greece. Ancient Egypt remains a singular strength at the Institute. The Institute is unmatched in its geographic spread and range of approaches to landscape archaeology - researchers explore the symbolic significances of places, the construction and use of ritual landscapes and funerary landscapes including Stonehenge, Madagascar, Rapa Nui, and India. Staff engage in the broadest spectrum of methods for studying prehistoric and historic landscapes including phenomenology and anthropological studies.