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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

Rankings and Awards

Top 10 in UK Archaeology league tables 2017

Top 20 in World University Rankings 2016

Top 5 in Ref 2014

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Featured News

PhD funding available for 2017 entry

New projects open for application now!

Fellowship Writing Prize

Apply for funding to visit the Archaeology Department

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Recent News

Sagunto Castle mortar construction periods identified

Posted on Monday 20 February 2017

York post-doc develops new chronology method to analyse trace elements in mortars

York archaeologists contribute to new book

Posted on Thursday 16 February 2017

Papers from four York archaeologists feature in "Medieval Archaeology"

Upcoming Events


Grave goods: objects and death in later prehistoric Britain

Dr Giles will discuss research on the the Grave Goods project which is intended to enhance archaeological and public understandings of the role that material culture played in life and death in later prehistoric Britain.


Feeding early cities: implications for resilience and social inequality

Prof Bogaard will demonstrate what light ancient ‘urban’ farming can shed on two issues of urgent contemporary relevance: agricultural resilience, and wealth disparity.

Research in Focus

Post-doc Researcher in Focus: Jamie Hampson and the RockART (Rock Art, Indigenous Heritage, and Cultural Identity) Project