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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 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

Archaeology: still the best degree

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

Featured Events

AARD (African Archaeology Research Day) 2017


A conference built on inclusiveness, to be held in the department on 25th November

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: We highlight Dr Robyn Inglis and her SURFACE project

Recent News

York researchers win York Culture Award 2017

Posted on Friday 24 November 2017

VikingVR wins Excellence in Media Arts category

York PhDs receive prestigious Abdul Rahman Al-Ansari Archaeological Awards

Posted on Tuesday 21 November 2017

Dr Abdullah Al Zahrani and Khalid Al Asmari named leading young Saudi archaeologists

Upcoming Events


Happy Hour: Refugium: Time, Stone, Voice and Sound

A unique archaeological and environmental sound composition