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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

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Our courses

Research and teaching excellence

 Queens Anniversary Prize 2011

We were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2011 in recognition of research and teaching excellence.


Archaeology ranked in the top 5 in REF2014

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The Department climbs the league tables again.


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. 

Featured News

Guardian League Table 2016

The Archaeology Department climbs to fourth place in the 2016 league table


Heritage Jam a huge success

Posted on Thursday 1 October 2015

The diversity, quality and artistic merit in the entries exceeded all expectations

Cod bones from Mary Rose reveal globalised fish trade in Tudor England

Posted on Thursday 10 September 2015

Cod bones found in the wreck of the Tudor warship Mary Rose have revealed that 16th Century fisherman plied their trade in surprisingly distant waters, archaeologists from the University of York have helped establish.


From Anthrosphere to Lithosphere (and back again)

A celebration of the career and research of Terry O'Connor. Conference 6th - 8th Nov. 2015



Urban Exploration as Heritage Placemaking

Bradley Garrett (University of Southampton)


Antarctica and Apollo: Heritage Horizons

Bryan Lintott (University of Cambridge)