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Department of Archaeology

Welcome to our department! As one of the top rated archaeology departments, our mission is to engage and inspire students, the broader academic community, industrial partners and the public through the discovery of the human past.

We are a very friendly and collegial community of scholars with a core belief that staff happiness, well-being and inclusivity is the key to enabling teaching and research excellence: Equality, diversity and inclusion are at our core; We believe in the importance of wellbeing; We want everyone to feel supported and valued; We strive to empower everyone to achieve their full potential; We are enthusiastic, proactive and innovative; We aim for a sustainable future. 

Professor Nicky Milner, Head of Department

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Archaeology at York ranks 5th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

Friday 22 September 2023

The Department of Archaeology has placed 5th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 for the subject of Archaeology and Forensic Science.

Viking trade connections stretched over hundreds of kilometres to the Arctic, research shows

Tuesday 19 September 2023

Analysis of hair combs made from deer antler has shed new light on the trade routes of Vikings - revealing connections between northern Scandinavia and the edges of continental Europe.

Prestigious Prize for Cross-Disciplinary Work by Jessica Hendy and international team

Thursday 14 September 2023

Congratulations to Jessica Hendy and co-authors Matthäus Rest, Mark Aldenderfer and Christina Warinner, who have been awarded the Cross-Fields Scholarship Prize from the General Anthropology Division of the American Anthropological Association.

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