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

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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


Archaeology ranked in the top 5 in REF2014

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The Department climbs the league tables again.


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Featured News

University World Rankings 2016

York Archaeology ranked in Top 20 in the world!

Featured Events

Beers and Careers!

Fri 27 May 2016

3rd years: discuss careers inside and outside archaeology over a pint with staff and research students

Departmental Excavations Exhibition

Thurs 9 June 2016

All the new findings from this year's departmental digs

York 800

In 2012, York celebrated 800 years of being a self-governing city. Watch the video to see how York has developed into a vibrant, exciting place to live, work and study. 

Recent News

High altitude archaeology: preshistoric paintings revealed

Posted on Thursday 26 May 2016

Laser scanning of rock shelter in the French Alps shows ancient art

Ian Martindale Photography
Matthew Collins Receives Niels Bohr Professorship

Posted on Wednesday 18 May 2016

Danish National Research Foundation grants 4 million Euro Niels Bohr Professorship to Matthew Collins, University of York

Upcoming Events


BioArCh Opening Event

Formal opening event to celebrate the new BioArCh facilities