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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 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 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

Archaeology: still the best degree

Professor John Schofield re-explores the prospects of Archaeology as an academic discipline in Current Archaeology

Featured Events

Postgraduate Induction Week 2017

The programme of events for new postgraduates

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

Conference report: The 26th Annual Meeting of the German Mesolithic Workgroup

Posted on Wednesday 20 September 2017

Annabell Zander organised and hosted the conference in Wuppertal, Germany

York's Malin Holst Contributes to Touring Wellcome Collection Exhibition

Posted on Thursday 14 September 2017

Skeletons: London’s Buried Bones Shows at Leeds City Museum

Upcoming Events


What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding magnetometer data?

Dr Chris Gaffney will discuss the role of geophysical surveys and whether their outcomes have become increasingly mundane and ‘obvious’.


Excavations at The Curtain

MOLA archaeologist Heather Knight will discuss recent excavations of 16th century playhouses.