Members of the Department work all over the world, from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific, under the Red Sea and above the Arctic Circle. We also work closer to home, and right now, we couldn’t get much closer.
Over the next few years, the University campus is being significantly expanded, increasing access and extending the range of courses and resources that are offered at York.
As part of the process, the University has encouraged the Department to investigate the archaeological remains that lie scattered across the development area. It’s an ambitious project. Working closely with the York Archaeological Trust, we’ve been surveying and excavating on the southern margins of the City, tracing patterns across the landscape on a scale that is rarely possible in York.
A fantastic context for the teaching of field skills, work on the new campus site – Heslington East – is bringing a rich crop of material to the surface. So far, our work ‘close to home’ is revealing a fascinating story of prehistoric occupation and ritual, of farms and villas on the hinterlands of Roman York and a legacy of land division from that time that extends right through to at least the Medieval period.
You can read more about the results of this fieldwork on our Campus Development pages.
Heritage and archaeology bodies
- English Heritage (Yorkshire regional office in York)
- Council for British Archaeology
- Portable Antiquities Scheme (North Yorkshire regional office based in York)
- Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past
Field units and specialist companies
- York Archaeological Trust
- Field Archaeology Specialists
- On-Site Archaeology
- York Osteoarchaeology
- The Anglo-Saxon Laboratory
- Archaeology Data Service
- Heritage Technology Ltd.
Museums and Archives
- Yorkshire Museum
- York Castle Museum
- National Railway Museum
- Borthwick Institute for Historical Research
Sites, attractions, and excavations
- York Minster
- Jorvik Viking Centre
- Barley Hall
- Clifford's Tower (York Castle)
- Medieval City Walls
- Hungate Dig
- Heslington East Dig