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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

#11 in World University Rankings 2017

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

Featured Events

University Archaeology Day

Thursday 22 June 2017, 9.00am to 18:00 

Recent News

Colleen Morgan Publishes on Virtual Reality and Crime Scene Investigation

Posted on Tuesday 18 April 2017

Innovative new guide covers simulation, immersive gameplay and virtual reality in Forensic Science Education

New Documentary 'Grains of Truth' Released by AAREA Project

Posted on Friday 7 April 2017

Film shows excavation work at the site of Engaruka, Tanzania and resulting important finds on climate change

Upcoming Events


Activity areas and social relations in the Upper Palaeolithic Volp caves

Prof. David Lewis-Williams will discuss possible social activities in Upper Palaeolithic French caves


University Archaeology Day 2017

Meet York lecturers and staff at the biggest Archaeology open day in the UK


Research in Focus

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Post-doc Researcher in Focus: Dr Harry Robson and his fascinating work on The Innovation and Development of Pottery in East Asia.