Department of Archaeology

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Accessing Archaeology - Scarborough Castle

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 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

#11 in UK Archaeology league tables 2018

#12 in World University Rankings 2018

Top 5 in Ref 2014

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Featured News

Star Carr monographs published


Two volumes on the excavations are available

Featured Events



Research in Focus

Post-doc Researcher in Focus: Dr Suzi Richer tells us about her research

Recent News

York Lecturer Dr Penny Bickle publishes new book: Neolithic Bodies

Posted on Tuesday 7 August 2018

Volume covers research on human remains from the Near East and Europe

Why are heritage interpreters voiceless at the trowel’s edge?

Posted on Monday 6 August 2018

York’s Dr Sara Perry publishes article on integrating the heritage interpretation skillset & toolkit into archaeologists’ most basic workflows

Upcoming Events


New Horizons in the Conservation of Wooden Built Heritage-IIWC 21st Symposium 2018, York, UK

The 21st International Symposium of the ICOMOS International Wood Committee supported by ICOMOS-UK and York Archaeological Trust, and in association with the University of York, Historic England and York Minster. 12 – 15 September 2018, York, UK