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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

Times Higher Education Awards 2016

Sara Perry shortlisted for Most Innovative Teacher

Wigan Museum honour

Egyptian gallery named for Jo Fletcher and Stephen Buckley

In memory of Don Brothwell 

Images to celebrate Don's life 


Featured Events

Resilient York Conference

4 November 2016

Discussing risks facing the historic city

Closing Date for NERC PhD scholarships

9th January 2017

Apply for one of our funded doctoral studentships


Recent News

Two York Archaeologists Selected to Honor Women in the Geosciences

Posted on Wednesday 19 October 2016

Nicky Milner and Colleen Morgan to portray historic "Trowel Blazers" to highlight the accomplishments of women in science

Proteins were collected from sites such as Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa. (Photo: Michael Chazan)
York Postdoc finds Earliest Evidence for the Ivory Trade in Southern Africa

Posted on Sunday 16 October 2016

Ashley Coutu used isotope analysis to examine elephant ivory from the seventh-tenth centuries AD

Upcoming Events


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