Archaeology at York

The Department of Archaeology at York is recognised worldwide as a vibrant research community and a centre of excellent teaching. We were awarded the Queens Anniversary Prize 2011 in recognition of our outstanding and innovative approaches to archaeology. 

The department has core strengths in prehistoric, medieval, and later historical archaeology. We are also a centre of excellence in digital archaeology and bioarchaeology, and we have a strong international reputation in the fields of cultural heritage, architectural conservation, and landscape research.

At York we pride ourselves on the fact that the Department provides a supportive, friendly, enthusiastic atmosphere, which encourages our students to believe in themselves and achieve their potential. Informality is one of the distinctive qualities of York, and we believe that treating students as adults, in a relaxed but busy setting, is an important part of the educational experience that we offer.

We are situated in the King’s Manor, a medieval building in the centre of the historic city, set between York Minster and the Yorkshire Museum. This gives us excellent access to the city and all its amenities, as well as providing a working environment that is itself a suitable subject for study. In addition we have three locations campus: BioArCh, PalaeoHub, and the YEAR Centre, all of which provide research and teaching laboratories and environments.

Student community

Our undergraduates are drawn from a wide range of countries and backgrounds. Some come straight from A levels whilst others take a gap year. Several come later, joining us during a career break, after having a family or retiring.

Students also come to us with a variety of A levels including arts subjects, social sciences and hard sciences.

Mature students usually have Access course certificates, HND or BTEC qualifications in relevant subjects, and we consider these cases on an individual basis.

Professional community

York is a magnet for those with archaeological interests, putting you in everyday contact with archaeologists actively engaged in fieldwork, research and the presentation of archaeology to the public in many parts of the world.

Maybe you are taking the first steps towards a career? Perhaps you want to polish or extend your professional portfolio, or simply follow a lifelong passion?

Whatever brings you here, you will be part of a research community of postgraduates and staff, and a wider network of museum professionals, field units such as the York Archaeological Trust, and national bodies such as the Council for British Archaeology, Historic England, English Heritage and the Archaeology Data Service.

All are based within the city and make valuable contributions to teaching and the broader intellectual life of the Department.

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Kings Manor External with Tania walking past

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