UCL Institute of Archaeology
|UCL Institute of Archaeology|
|Location||31-34 Gordon Square, London, UK|
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.
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 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. As of 2007[update] 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 is an annual journal established in 1989 by postgraduate researchers from UCL. Launched as a venue for the publication of research papers produced by UCL archaeology postgrads and staff on new findings and novel approaches to archaeological theory, it has since expanded its contributor base to researchers from other UK institutions and abroad.
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- The Centre for Applied Archaeology (CAA) is a research and support division within the Institute of Archaeology involved with archaeological work in over 87 countries
- Archaeology South-East is the contracts division of the Centre for Applied Archaeology of the Institute of Archaeology
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