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

Books and E-books

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© 3rd century Scandinavian Torc found at Nousiainen in 1770. Sveriges forntid: Försök till framstallning af den Svenska fornforskningens resultat. Text, 1, Stenåldern. Montelius, Oscar, 1874. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. 

The Archaeology Collections are located in the UCL Institute of Archaeology Library. Larger volumes, described as Quartos, are shelved in the main reading room. The main sequence is spread throughout the library. Please consult our floor plan to help you navigate the library space and this sequence. 

Outsize volumes (Folios) are located in Stores and available to order.  The age and fragile nature of many of the folios means that they cannot be borrowed. 

Guides to the Garside classification schemes for Archaeology and Classical Archaeology are available.

You can search for both books and e-books through the Library catalogue, Explore. Here you will find details such as: library site, collection and shelfmark for print resources. Further information about finding, using, and citing e-books is available in our e-books guide. Of particular importance for Archaeology and Classical Archaeology are: 

Other Collections

  • Egyptology : includes materials relating to the study of Ancient Egypt 
  • Ancient History: includes materials on the ancient based on textual and historical sources
  • Art: includes material on museums, curation and the history of art.
  • Classics: covering all aspects of classical history, languages, literature and culture 
  • Hebrew & Jewish Studies: covering all aspects of Jewish history, languages, literature and culture.
  • History: is a useful collection for individual European countries' political, social and economic history 
  • Anthropology: includes material on human behaviour and societies, past and present.
  • Geography: for human geography, including topics such as migration, development and the environment. 


General reference works, encyclopaedias and dictionaries

Consult introductory resources or general reference works for a broad overview of your issue or topic, and to identify key concepts, theories, and researchers in the field.

Introductory resources may include:

  • subject or discipline specific dictionaries and encyclopaedias.
  • handbooks.
  • companions.
  • introductions.
  • guides. 
  • biographies.
  • histories.

General introductory resources for Archaeology are held at INST ARCH class A and YATES class A. Introductory resources for sub-disciplines of Archaeology, e.g. Archaeological Science and Near Eastern Archaeology, are held in the relevant sections of the library. 

Many introductory texts for Archaeology and its sub-disciplines are now available as e-books e.g. Global Encyclopaedia of Archaeology and the Oxford Handbook series, e.g. The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Levant: c. 8000-332 BCE. You are advised to consult the library catalogue to locate these resources. 

Stores service

UCL Library Services off-site store is a closed access collection which houses important research material not currently in high demand. The material at this site will have 'Store' as its location on Explore. Users can request store material for delivery to the Science Library. Users should complete a Store Request Form in order to request material from this location. 

How can you tell if a book is available online?

On UCL Explore, you can look at the results of your search to quickly discover if a book is available in print or/and online: View Online means that the book is available electronically, while Available means that the book is available in print. In some cases a book is available both in print and online. 

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