Department of Archaeology

Accessing Archaeology - Scarborough Castle

Queen's Anniversary Prize winner in recognition of teaching and research excellence

Examining fishbone samples in teaching laboratory

Ranked 12th for Archaeology in the QS World Rankings

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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 Times Good University Guide 2019

92.5% of our Graduates have gone on to employment or further study

11th in UK Archaeology league tables 2018

12th in World University Rankings 2018

Top 5 in Ref 2014

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Recent News

John Schofield's Work on Galapagos Published in British Archaeology

Posted on Tuesday 9 October 2018

Article "On the Beach: What Archaeology Can Do for the Planet" Addresses Marine Plastic Pollution in the Archipelago

New book from York staff

Posted on Tuesday 9 October 2018

Steve Ashby and Alison Leonard publish a new book telling stories about the Vikings through objects

Upcoming Events


Kingship and Society in Northern Pictland

Since 2012 the University of Aberdeen has been conducting large-scale excavations on a series of power centres of Northern Pictland. This talk will showcase the results of these excavations and reflect on the emergence of kingship in northern Britain in the late Roman and early medieval periods.


Keeping St Denys acephalous, and other considerations in participative church conservation

A pretentious title for a pragmatic talk on the challenges and opportunities of using participatory practice in conservation projects, based on the recently completed work at St Denys church, York.