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Queen's Anniversary Prize winner in recognition of teaching and research excellence

Examining fishbone samples in teaching laboratory

A top 10 University for archaeology

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Consistently number 1 for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey

Located in York, England's archaeological capital

Located in York, the UK's archaeological capital

Vibrant, friendly community with focus on small teaching groups

Vibrant, friendly community with focus on small teaching groups

The Department of Archaeology at York is internationally recognised as both a vibrant research community and a centre of excellent teaching. We offer a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, and pride ourselves on providing a supportive, enthusiastic, and challenging academic atmosphere which enables our students to achieve their full potential.

Welcome to York

Welcome to the Department of Archaeology at the University of York where we are proud to be at the forefront of archaeological ‌research and teaching.

Our range of interests and expertise covers human history from prehistory to present. Studying archaeology helps us to understand the past, ourselves and our future.

York is the UK's archaeological capital and is the ideal place to study archaeology. With us you will develop a range of skills that will enhance your employment prospects both inside and outside the sector.

Prof. John Schofield 
Head of Department

Rankings and Awards

Top 10 in UK Archaeology league tables 2017

Top 20 in World University Rankings 2016

Top 5 in Ref 2014

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Featured News

PhD funding available for 2017 entry

Ten new projects open for application now!

Wigan Museum honour

Egyptian gallery named for Jo Fletcher and Stephen Buckley

Featured Events

A celebration of the life of Don Brothwell

15th December 2016

All are welcome, please RSVP

Closing Date for NERC PhD scholarships

9th January 2017

Apply for one of our funded doctoral studentships


Recent News

Sex Pistols Artworks: The Artist's Impression

Posted on Thursday 8 December 2016

Head of Department John Schofield publishes more insight into the significance of Sex Pistols artworks

YEAR Centre sheds new light on creation of ancient artefacts

Posted on Tuesday 6 December 2016

Experimental archaeology at the Department's "outdoor lab" aims to answer questions about the past

Upcoming Events


A Celebration of the Life of Professor Don Brothwell

Please join us for an evening celebrating the life of Professor Don Brothwell


Heritage Interpretation in an Age of Migrations

Nicole Deufel (ICOMOS/Interpret Europe)