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Join us to celebrate the Department of Archaeology turning 40!


York's Department of Archaeology is 40 this year and we want to celebrate our family history. Like other families, we have kept growing - from an annual intake of 9 undergraduates in 1979 to a grand community of lecturers, support staff, postdocs, postgraduates and undergraduates amounting to 500 persons in 2019. Thousands of students have spent time with us and it is you, our alumni, who have made us what we are.

To celebrate this milestone in the Department's history we have plenty planned, and we would love for you to be involved!

During the Summer Term the department offers six public lectures on recent archaeological discoveries given by the people who made them. The Summer Term programme can be found here. No need to book.

On the afternoon of Friday 14th June we will launch an exhibition, 'Things of Archaeology', followed by a family picnic. The exhibition will feature objects and images from current staff members that illustrate their experience of Archaeology at York. Staff were encouraged to reflect on the meaning of the object and describe their experiences. Our hope is that the exhibition will demonstrate the vibrant community in the department and the intellectual curiosity of its members. Afternoon tea will be served at a picnic in the rear courtyard, with activities for children. This event will take place in a venue that is fully accessible.

On the evening of Friday 14th there will be an anniversary lecture about our history which will be delivered by Martin Carver (HoD 1986-1996...and still hanging around). The lecture will take place in the Philip Rahtz Lecture Theatre, followed by the wine reception in the Refectory. We regret that the venue for this event is not fully accessible.   

We coincide with York's Festival of Ideas and on Saturday 15th June there will be a presentation of a current department project 'Siciliy in Transition' (sictransit for short) by post-docs and post-grads, together with an exhibition, a film, a science box and 'history of Sicily' in 100 snacks (with real food). Everything is free, but you need a ticket. This is part of the University's Festival of Ideas programme which runs all through the week and features many departments. More information for this can be found via their website.

Event Details are below, including which need tickets and how to book.


EVENT: Summer Term Anniversary Lectures (no ticket required)

DATE: Wednesdays from 8 May to 1 June

LOCATION: Philip Rahtz Lecture Theatre (Lecture) and Kings Manor Refectory(wine reception)

TIME: 6-8pm


EVENT: Exhibition 'Things of Archaeology' and picnic (ticketed)

DATE: 14 June 2019

LOCATION: Kings Manor Common Room (Exhibition) and Courtyard outside Kings Manor (picnic)

TIME: 3-6pm


EVENT: Final Anniversary Lecture and wine reception (ticketed)

DATE: 14 June 2019

LOCATION: Philip Rahtz Lecture Theatre (Lecture) and Kings Manor Refectory(wine reception)

TIME: 6-8pm


All of the activities on Friday 14th June are free, but capacity is limited so you will need a ticket to attend the exhibition 'Things of Archaeology' and also Martin Carver's lecture and wine reception. To secure your tickets please follow the link below:

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If you have any questions please do contact us on

We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a fantastic celebration, and above all a chance to renew the acquaintance of old friends.