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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 2018

#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

Melodies of God: The significance of the soundscape in conserving the Great Zimbabwe landscape

Posted on Wednesday 24 May 2017

Ashton Sinamai's new paper examines holistic approaches for the conservation of sacred landscapes

The Greedy Queen—Eating with Victoria

Posted on Wednesday 24 May 2017

York Masters alumni Annie Gray's new book looks at Queen Victoria’s life through her food

Upcoming Events


Supporting Students and Colleagues after Triggering Article 50

Part of the Equality and Diversity Discussion Series 2017: a series of short talks followed by discussions covering today’s serious issues in archaeological practice.


Stewart Ainsworth and Tim Sutherland Hunt for York's Lost Roman Amphitheatre

Archaeologists present evidence for the structure to lie under the King's Manor.


Research in Focus


Post-doc Researcher in Focus: Dr Ashton Sinamai and his METAPHOR Project