Department of Archaeology

Accessing Archaeology - Scarborough Castle

Queen's Anniversary Prize winner in recognition of teaching and research excellence

Examining fishbone samples in teaching laboratory

Ranked 12th for Archaeology in the QS World Rankings 2018

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Consistently high-scoring 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 Times Good University Guide 2019

100% of Archaeology graduates were employed or in further study six months after graduation (DLHE survey 2016/17 (HESA) (full-time uk students)

12th in QS World University Rankings 2018

Top 5 for research impact in Times Higher Education's ranking of REF 2014

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Featured News

Department of Archaeology receives Bronze Athena SWAN award

The award recognises advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all

Featured Events

Exhibition Launch: Making Art in the Magdalenian


Research in Focus

Post-doc Researcher in Focus: Dr Lea Drieu tells us about her research

Recent News

BioArCh visits Malton School

Posted on Monday 12 November 2018

Alice Toso held a workshop for year 5 and 6 students

Fern plant infusion keeps the doctor away in Medieval Europe
Fern plant infusion keeps the doctor away in Medieval Europe

Posted on Monday 5 November 2018

The remains of a medieval skeleton has shown the first physical evidence that a fern plant could have been used for medicinal purposes in cases such as alopecia, dandruff and kidney stones.

Upcoming Events


Foreground Activity, Background Architecture & Heritage

Simon Baker uses his experience in founding architectural practice 'Group Ginger' to explore how the role of architects might be developed into that of concept managers or curators with on-going relationships to place-making, influencing policy, defining space, public use and participatory involvement.


A list of luggage from the Indian Ocean world – towards a high-definition “archaeology” of text?

Elizabeth Lambourn of De Montfort University uses the eleventh- and twelfth-century 'India Book' documents to highlight debates around the use of textual sources in archaeology and to address the lack of archaeological information available for the area around the Indian Ocean.