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.
The Institute has more than 60 research active staff, projects on five continents and in the Pacific. This is a directory of cross-cutting Institute research centres and networks as well as thematic research projects, highlighting the Institute's global research coverage. Further details of staff research may be found on their staff profile pages.
- Archaeology - Heritage - Art (Co-ordinators: Colin Sterling, Leah Acheson Roberts, Beverley Butler)
- The Archaeology of Human Evolution (Co-ordinator: Matt Pope)
- Ceramic Technology (Co-ordinator: Patrick Quinn)
- Conservation and Development: The Social and Political Impacts of Conservation (Co-ordinator: Renata Peters)
- Domestication, Human Niche Construction and the Anthropocene (Co-ordinators: Dorian Fuller, Manuel Arroyo-Kalin)
- Early Glass Technology (Co-ordinator: Ian Freestone)
- The End of the Spectrum Towards an Archaeology of Marginality (Co-ordinators: Elisa Perego, Andrew Gardner, Andrew Reynolds)
- FIRE: Forum for Island Research and Experience (Co-ordinators: Sarah Forgesson, Jose J. Garay-Vazquez, Tim Williams, Dorian Fuller)
- Imperial Logistics: The Making of the Terracotta Army (Co-ordinator: Andrew Bevan)
- Institute of Archaeology History of Archaeology Network (Co-ordinator: Amara Thornton)
- Islamic Archaeology Network (Co-ordinator: Corisande Fenwick)
- Archaeology of Ancient Egypt and Sudan (Co-ordinators: Claudia Naeser, Anna Garnett)
- Pacific Islands Research Network (Co-ordinator: Sue Hamilton)
Staff research is clustered into eight unifying Research Themes that provide an overarching intellectual framework and areas for development.