UCL Institute of Archaeology

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UCL Institute of Archaeology
UCL Institute of Archaeology.jpg
Established 1937
Director Sue Hamilton
Academic staff 70[1]
Students 650[1]
Location 31-34 Gordon Square, London, UK
Campus Urban
Website www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology

The UCL Institute of Archaeology is an academic department of the Social & Historical Sciences Faculty of University College London (UCL), England which it joined in 1986. It is currently one of the largest centres for the study of archaeology, cultural heritage and museum studies in the world, with over 100 members of staff and 600 students housed in a 1950s building on the north side of Gordon Square in the Bloomsbury area of Central London.


The entrance to the IOA.

The Institute publishes research monographs and edited volumes in association with Left Coast Press who also now produce and distribute older Institute of Archaeology publications.

The Institute produces the following 'in-house' publications (in conjunction with Ubiquity Press):

Institute of Archaeology undergraduate students produce Artifact magazine (available online).

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. The journal was originally edited by Neal Ascherson; it is now edited by Tim Schadla-Hall. Issued quarterly, it was originally published by James & James Science Publishers until 2007, when the publishing rights were purchased by independent publisher Maney Publishing.[2]

Papers from the Institute of Archaeology[edit]

Papers from the Institute of Archaeology  
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Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Pap. Inst. Archaeol.
Discipline Archaeology
Language English
Publication details
Ubiquity Press on behalf of the UCL Institute of Archaeology (United Kingdom)
Publication history
Frequency Annual
License CC-BY-3.0
ISSN 0965-9315
LCCN 97658018
OCLC no. 231692266

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.[3]

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,[4] and is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.[5]


UCL is ranked 1st for Archaeology in the 2014 Guardian University Guide,[6] 3rd in the 2014 Complete University Guide[7] and 5th in the Times and Sunday Times League Table.[8]

News, Events and Social Media[edit]

The Institute of Archaeology regularly publishes news and events, including details of seminars, conferences, job opportunities, recent press coverage, publications and other announcements. The Institute also has a presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.



  1. ^ a b Introduction to the Institute, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, UK.
  2. ^ "Maney acquires Earthscan heritage list" (Press release). Maney Publishing. 5 February 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  3. ^ Harris, David. "Introduction: Papers from the Institute of Archaeology". Papers from the Institute of Archaeology. doi:10.5334/pia.357. 
  4. ^ "ArchLib, a service provided by the Council for British Archaeology". Council for British Archaeology. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  5. ^ "COPE - The Committee on Publication Ethics". Committee on Publication Ethics. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  6. ^ "University guide 2014: league table for archaeology". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "University Subject Tables 2014 - Archaeology". The Complete University Guide. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "University Guide 2014 - Archaeology". Times Newspapers. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 

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