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A subject guide for the Archaeology collections held in the Institute of Archaeology Library

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A subject guide for Archaeology

North facing view of the front of the Institute of Archaeology building in spring from Gordon Square

© North Facing View of the UCL Institute of Archaeology. Ethan Doyle White, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

These pages have been put together by your specialist subject librarian to provide guidance in the subject area of Archaeology. 

Use the navigation menu to the left to view what's available, including print and online materials, how-to videos, and details of further training available through LibrarySkills@UCL.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. 

Key Resources for Archaeology

The Archaeology collection encompasses a range of formats, from print and electronic books and journals to maps, databases, and pamphlets. Lesser used material, including back-runs of some print journals, are kept in off-site Stores


Print collections 

Many key books and journals in Archaeology are still published only as print and for thorough research, you will need to consult a range of both print and online resources. Many are in German, French, Spanish, Italian,and other European languages; there will be no translation into English available. 

Find your module reading list to see what key readings you can access electronically or search on UCL Explore to find more e-books. 

Key databases for Archaeology

There is no single database that supports all aspects of archaeological research. To find subject specific journal articles, conference proceedings and more, you are advised to search across a range of options, general and specific. The most effective general databases for Archaeology are: 

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