UCL Institute of Archaeology

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The UCL Institute of Archaeology is an academic department of the Social & Historical Sciences Faculty of University College London (UCL), England. It is one of the largest departments of archaeology in the world, with over 80 members of academic staff and 500 students. In addition UCL Institute of Archaeology operates Archaeology South-East (Company) a large contracts division in southern England which provides professional archaeological services for public and private sector clients. UCL Institute of Archaeology is recognised as a global leading institute in the field of archaeology, which is constantly rated within top 3 in the UK. Its academic strengths include general (world) archaeology and archaeological science, alongside museum, heritage and archaeological site management, and conservation studies.

The Institute's building takes up the north side of Gordon Square, just east of UCL's main Bloomsbury campus.


It was founded in 1937 by Mortimer Wheeler, who was its first director. He was followed by Kathleen Kenyon, Vere Gordon Childe, W. F. Grimes, John Davies Evans, David Harris and Peter Ucko. It was originally a separate institution within the University of London, but for financial reasons joined UCL in 1986.

The Institute's current director is Stephen Shennan, who replaced Peter Ucko in September 2005. Amongst the staff who work there are noted archaeologists such as Mark Roberts, who directed the Boxgrove Quarry project, Late Prehistory specialist Sue Hamilton, Mediaeval specialist Andrew Reynolds, Public Archaeology specialist Tim Schadla-Hall and Caribbean archaeologist José Oliver.


The Institute's collections include prehistoric pottery and stone artefacts from many parts of the world, as well as collections of Roman pottery, coins and glass. Western Asiatic material includes the Petrie collection of Palestinian artefacts, collections from excavations at Jericho and a wide range of objects from ancient Mesopotamia. There are large reference collections for British and Near Eastern archaeobotany and zooarchaeology, as well as for world archaeometallurgy. There are also several historical archives of archaeological material including photographs, press cuttings, obituaries and oddments, and an extensive library.

The Institute is not responsible for the nearby Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, which is open to the public on a regular basis. The British Museum is nearby.


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The entrance to the IOA.

The Institute either sponsors or directly publishes several academic journals, monographic series and individual monographs, containing research findings and papers from archaeologists and postgraduates at the UCL and elsewhere.

Archaeology International is an annual reports journal issued by the Institute, containing summary papers of key findings by Institute researchers for the previous academic year, along with other details of UCL archaeology activities. Publication of this annual commenced in 1998, as a replacement for the Institute's former annual Bulletin of the Institute of Archaeology, published from 1958 to 1994. Template:As of Archaeology International is edited by former director David Harris.

Public Archaeology is a journal sponsored by the Institute, launched in 2000 as an international peer-reviewed journal with a focus on the issues of cultural heritage, community archaeology and archaeological practice as it relates to wider civil and governmental concerns. Since inception the journal has been edited by Neal Ascherson. Issued quarterly, it was originally published by James & James Science Publishers until 2007, when the publishing rights were purchased by independent publisher Maney Publishing.

Papers from the Institute of Archaeology

Template:Infobox journal Papers from the Institute of Archaeology (PIA) is an annual peer-reviewed academic journal published by Ubiquity Press on behalf of the institute. The journal was established in 1990 by postgraduate researchers from the institute.

The journal was initially conceived as a venue for publishing research papers produced by UCL archaeology postgrads and staff on new findings and novel approaches to archaeological theory. It later expanded its contributor base to postgrad researchers from other UK institutions and abroad. It is abstracted and indexed in the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences and ArchLib, and is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.


UCL is ranked 1st for Archaeology in the 2014 Guardian University Guide, 3rd in the 2014 Complete University Guide and 5th in the Times and Sunday Times League Table.




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