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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

Star Carr included in special stamp issue

Posted on Tuesday 17 January 2017

Antler headdress features in the 2017 Ancient Britain collection

Neolithic Chronological Modelling

Posted on Monday 9 January 2017

York archaeologist re-dates 1000 years of Neolithic ceramic chronology from the Upper Rhineland

Upcoming Events


Heritage Interpretation in an Age of Migrations

Nicole Deufel (ICOMOS/Interpret Europe)


Why archaeologists need to think about childhood: the case of the missing Anglo-Saxon sub-adults

Dr Crawford will discuss thearchaeological record of children in Anglo-Saxon studies in England