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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

York Researchers Discover 10,000 Year Old Crayon

Scientific techniques revealed unique ochre artefacts found at Flixton

Featured Events

Europa Conference 2018: Coastal Colonisation in Prehistory

The Prehistoric Society Europa Conference 2018 is to be held at the University of York on 22–23 June 2018 


Research in Focus

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

Recent News

Norse Knowledge

Posted on Monday 19 February 2018

Dr Steve Ashby features on Vikings documentary

Dr Kevin Walsh awarded AHRC grant

Posted on Friday 16 February 2018

Senior lecturer awarded funding for research on pastoralism and transhumance in the Western Alps

Upcoming Events


Archaeology and Placeshaping - why it is time to re-evaluate what we mean by developer led archaeological mitigation

Neil Redfern, Principal Inspector of Ancient Monuments at Historic England, will be sharing findings from the A1 project.


Trust, mistrust and identity construction at the time of Brexit

Chiara Bonacchi, Co-Investigator Researcher at UCL's Institute of Archaeology, will explore the interlinking concepts of trust - neutrally understood - expertise, heritage and contemporary sentiments about Brexit.