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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

Rankings and Awards

Top 10 in UK Archaeology league tables 2018

#11 in World University Rankings 2017

Top 5 in Ref 2014

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Featured News

PhD funding available for 2017 entry

New project, PLANTS IN POTS: The molecular and isotopic identification of cereal residues in prehistoric pottery

Featured Events

AARD (African Archaeology Research Day) 2017


A conference built on inclusiveness, to be held in the department on 25th November.


Research in Focus

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Post-doc Researcher in Focus: Dr Miriam Cubas and her CerAM Project

Recent News

Major Review of Mediterranean Sea Level Change and Coastal Occupation Published

Posted on Friday 21 July 2017

York archaeologists contribute to study of sea level changes

Chloe Watson shortlisted in World Illustrator Awards

Posted on Tuesday 18 July 2017

The Star Carr project illustrator has been nominated for the prestigious award

Upcoming Events


Refugium: Time, Stone, Voice and Sound

Exploring the history of Creswell Crags through sound


CPD Short Course—Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings

Energy efficiency is a key priority but poses particular issues for Historic Buildings. This one-day course will help to understand the relevance and apply the principles of the sustainable retrofit of traditional and historic buildings.