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

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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.

Solidarity with National Museum, Brazil

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

Exhibition Launch: Making Art in the Magdalenian


Research in Focus

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

Recent News

By Matteo De Stefano/MUSE
New Publication on the Evolutionary Significance of Neanderthal Healthcare

Posted on Thursday 20 September 2018

Research reveals that care for their fellows may have been essential to Neanderthal occupation of Eurasia

On the Hunt for the DNA of the Mexican Hairless Dog

Posted on Tuesday 18 September 2018

New publication! York's Aurélie Manin is looking for archaeological evidence of the Xoloitzcuintle, a breed characterised by a sparse hair coat and a severe lack of teeth

Upcoming Events


Exhibition Launch: Making Art in the Magdalenian

Featuring gorgeous Palaeolithic portable art from the engraved plaquettes at Montastruc, housed in the British Museum