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Scientists unearth forgotten children of the past

Thursday 18 May 2023

Scientists have unearthed a story of forgotten children of the past, providing the first direct evidence of the lives of early nineteenth-century ‘pauper apprentices’.

Digging deeper into Neolithic diet in Britain

Tuesday 9 May 2023

Sophy Charlton and Michelle Alexander have been successfully awarded a Research Grant from the Society of Antiquaries to undertake state-of-the-art isotopic methodologies which have yet to be applied to British early prehistoric assemblages.

New insight into the mystery of ancient Gaza wine

Thursday 27 April 2023

Research into grape pips found from an excavated Byzantine monastery in Israel hints at the origins of the ‘mysterious’ Gaza wine and the history of grapevine cultivation in desert conditions.

How did Western Mediterranean societies inspire medieval ‘Green Revolution’?

Friday 14 April 2023

A new £8.8 million research project aims to discover how societies across the Western Mediterranean overcame environmental challenges and inspired a ‘green revolution’ over the course of 1,000 years.

Dr Lara González Carretero wins 2023 Trail-Crisp award.

Monday 3 April 2023

Dr Lara González Carretero of the Department of Archaeology has been named as a recipient of a 2023 Trail-Crisp award from the Linnean Society of London.

Ancient DNA reveals African and Asian ancestry of medieval Swahili people

Thursday 30 March 2023

People living on the ‘Swahili coast’ - the Indian Ocean coast of eastern Africa - have African and Asian ancestry according to new research on ancient DNA.

Archaeology at York placed 5th in the UK and 20th in the world

Wednesday 22 March 2023

Archaeology at York placed 5th in the UK and 20th in the world according to the latest release of the QS World University Rankings by subject (2023).

Neolithic ceramics reveal dairy processing from milk of multiple species

Wednesday 15 March 2023

A new study has found evidence of cheesemaking, using milk from multiple animals in Late Neolithic Poland.

Mediterranean hunter-gatherers relied on marine resources more than previously thought

Wednesday 22 February 2023

New research has revealed humans living on the Mediterranean coast 9,500 years ago may have relied more heavily on a fish diet than previously thought.

Imaging technique helps to unravel mysteries of ancient human teeth

Monday 20 February 2023

Researchers have used specialist imaging techniques to map proteins in ancient human teeth to study the preservation of proteins in archaeological remains.

First solid scientific evidence that Vikings brought animals to Britain

Thursday 2 February 2023

Archaeologists have found what they say is the first solid scientific evidence suggesting that Vikings crossed the North Sea to Britain with dogs and horses.

The chemistry of mummification - traces of a global network

Thursday 2 February 2023

A University of York academic was part of an international team of researchers who have shed new light on the chemical substances used by the Egyptian embalmers.

Retrieving and Reuniting Roman Gypsum Burials in the Yorkshire Museum

Friday 27 January 2023

The Yorkshire Museum in York has in its collections 16 Roman gypsum burial casts created from the ancient Roman practice of pouring liquid gypsum or plaster over the corpses of adults and children in stone or lead coffins before deposition in the ground.

World-famous Avebury site to be brought to life online for first time

Tuesday 10 January 2023

The archives of the world-famous megalithic monuments at Avebury in Wiltshire are to be digitised and made available online.

Hunter-gatherer social ties spread pottery-making far and wide

Friday 23 December 2022

Analysis of more than 1,200 vessels from hunter-gatherer sites has shown that pottery-making techniques spread vast distances over a short period of time through social traditions being passed on.

Bottle with a message: story writing connects children to the environment

Thursday 22 December 2022

Researchers used story-writing to explore schoolchildren’s perceptions of marine plastic litter and the effects on their behaviours to the problem.

Two new PhD scholarships available

Tuesday 6 December 2022

We are pleased to announce to two new PhD studentship funded through the NERC collaborative Doctoral Training Programme: Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE).

The wall paintings of Pickering Church

Tuesday 6 December 2022

Dr Kate Giles has just published a new book on the medieval wall paintings of Pickering Church.

Senior lecturer appears on TV in Japan

Tuesday 6 December 2022

Dr Penny Bickle appears on Japan's longest running archaeology TV programme.

New book on World Heritage published by Lu Cooke

Tuesday 15 November 2022

'World Heritage: Concepts, Management and Conservation' presents an insight into discussions surrounding the UNESCO World Heritage List, and the properties on it.

Teeth analysis gives hints of the diet of an Iron Age woman

Wednesday 26 October 2022

Researchers studying the teeth of an elderly woman who lived 2,000 years ago have charted her diet from infancy to just before her death.

Oldest human DNA ever obtained from the UK reveals two distinct populations recolonised post Ice Age Britain

Tuesday 25 October 2022

Researchers have obtained the first genetic data from Palaeolithic human individuals in the UK, and the oldest human DNA from the British Isles thus far.

Dr Annabell Zander awarded British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

Monday 10 October 2022

Annabel is the only archaeologist to receive funding in this round.

British Academy Researchers at Risk Fellowship Programme

Tuesday 27 September 2022

An invitation for expressions of interest

Archaeology at York placed 5th in the UK by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

Tuesday 20 September 2022

York’s Department of Archaeology placed 5th in the UK according to the latest release of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide (2023).

Student placements at York Minster

Wednesday 31 August 2022

PG students recording York Minster's medieval west doorway

Fellowship opportunities

Wednesday 31 August 2022

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2023: Invitations for expressions of interest

Have humans evolved to be vulnerable?

Tuesday 30 August 2022

In Hidden Depths, Dr Penny Spikins demonstrates that by looking into the distant archaeological record, and into the evolutionary processes which drove our minds and emotions, we find hidden depths of emotional vulnerability which have driven human connection.

National Student Survey 2022

Friday 8 July 2022

We’re delighted to have some of the happiest forensic and archaeological sciences students in the UK.

York residents invited to reveal their treasures for online museum

Wednesday 6 July 2022

Residents in York are being invited to bring in their personal treasures for a unique digital museum collection.

Archaeology at York ranked 8th in the UK by the Complete University Guide

Wednesday 15 June 2022

Archaeology at York is ranked as 8th in the UK by the Complete University Guide.

York archaeologist wins the 2022 Antiquity Prize

Wednesday 15 June 2022

The Antiquity Prize was created in 1994 to honour and support the authors of the best contribution to each volume of Antiquity.

Department of Archaeology ranked 6th in the UK for research excellence

Friday 20 May 2022

York's Department of Archaeology is the 6th strongest department in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education's ranking of the latest REF results (2021).

York academic leading project to reconstruct the famous Sutton Hoo ship

Monday 9 May 2022

An emeritus professor at the University of York is leading a project to reconstruct the famous Anglo-Saxon ship found at Sutton Hoo.

New Leverhulme Trust project on dress and identity in Early Roman Italy

Monday 9 May 2022

Grant success for Professor Maureen Carroll who has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust award to conduct research on her new project in southern Italy in 2023/2024.

New research reveals how the black rat colonised Europe in the Roman and Medieval periods

Wednesday 4 May 2022

New ancient DNA analysis has shed light on how the black rat, blamed for spreading Black Death, dispersed across Europe – revealing that the rodent colonised the continent on two occasions in the Roman and Medieval periods.

Project to revitalise famous York street has launched

Thursday 28 April 2022

A vacant shop on York’s Coney street has been transformed into a gallery, printing press and cultural hub as a project to breathe new life into the historic street gets underway.

Making a Roman Imperial Estate in Italy

Friday 22 April 2022

A new book from Professor Maureen Carroll and team sheds light on how the Roman Emperor set up a vast agricultural estate.

Prehistoric people created art by firelight, new research reveals

Friday 22 April 2022

Our early ancestors probably created intricate artwork by firelight, an examination of 50 engraved stones unearthed in France has revealed

Staff and students lead new digital map of World War Two bombings in York

Friday 22 April 2022

An interactive digital map has been developed by staff and students at the University of York in collaboration with partners across the city to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the York Blitz.

York welcomes new professor to found new Heritage for Global Challenges Research Centre

Wednesday 6 April 2022

We are delighted to announce that a leading scholar in the study of heritage will be joining us ahead of the new academic year.

QS World Rankings by subject 2022

Wednesday 6 April 2022

Department of Archaeology maintains its place in the world top 50 and maintains its place at 5th in the UK.

Triple European grant success for University of York academics

Wednesday 30 March 2022

Researchers from the University of York have been awarded three prestigious European Research Council (ERC) grants worth a total of more than £5 million, to support pioneering work in chemistry and archaeology.

Two new Collaborative Doctoral Awards now Available

Monday 7 February 2022

Looking for a PhD? We have two new WRoCAH Collaborative Doctoral Awards available, on Roman York and Cold War Berlin.

Ancient DNA reveals the world’s oldest family tree

Tuesday 4 January 2022

Most of the people buried in one of the best-preserved Neolithic tombs in Britain were from five continuous generations of a single extended family, new research involving the University of York has revealed.

Ancient DNA study reveals large scale migrations into Bronze Age Britain

Tuesday 4 January 2022

A major new study of ancient DNA has traced the movement of people into southern Britain during the Bronze Age.

York academics lead partnership to revitalise famous York Street

Friday 12 November 2021

A project to breathe new life into one of York’s historic streets has been given the go-ahead after receiving funding of almost half a million pounds from the Government’s Community Renewal Fund.

Vacancy in Digital Archaeology

Wednesday 20 October 2021

We have a new vacancy for an Associate Lecturer in Digital Archaeology to start in the new year

Drawing helps archaeologists understand the past

Wednesday 20 October 2021

New interdisciplinary project reveals knowledge production in archaeology

Roman artefacts help care home residents feel at home

Tuesday 12 October 2021

A team from the University of York and the York Archaeological Trust took York care home residents on a trip through time to explore the city’s Roman heritage.

Links between railways and slavery to be explored in new research project

Sunday 10 October 2021

Universities and museums across Yorkshire and the North of England will explore the links between the railways and the global slave trade as part of a new research project.

York’s YEAR Centre to partner with Brisbane’s GEAR Centre

Thursday 30 September 2021

The York Experimental Archaeological Research (YEAR) Centre is to partner with a new research centre in Australia to foster a wider global understanding of our hunter-gatherer ancestors.

Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Monday 20 September 2021

Department of Archaeology is in the UK top 5

Guardian University Guide 2022

Monday 13 September 2021

Department of Archaeology maintains its place in the UK top 10

PhD programme to cast new light on European prehistoric sites

Friday 10 September 2021

The Department of Archaeology has been awarded funding for an innovative international programme of training and research in a rapidly expanding branch of archaeological science.

New research explores relationship between autism spectrum conditions and material culture

Thursday 9 September 2021

Autism spectrum conditions are widely characterized as a cognitive difference which affects social understanding and behaviour. However, evidence increasingly suggests that the condition also affects engagement with material aspects of the environment.

The Swahili World wins SAfA Book Prize

Thursday 9 September 2021

Volume edited by Stephanie Wynne-Jones honoured with award from the Society for Africanist Archaeologists The Society for Africanist Archaeologists this week awarded their 2021 Book Prize (edited volume) to 'The Swahili World', a major synthesis of the archaeology, anthropology and history of Africa's Indian Ocean coast.

New research shows men and women of Roman Herculaneum had different diets

Thursday 26 August 2021

Archaeologists examining the Herculaneum skeletal remains of the victims of Vesuvius say they have helped shed new light on the eating habits of ancient Romans - with food differentiated along gender lines and revealing women ate more animal products and locally grown fruit and vegetables while the men dined on more expensive fish.

Brooklands forever

Saturday 7 August 2021

The iconic racing circuit comes back to life in digital 3D, thanks to an Archaeology Masters student.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships: call for expressions of interest

Friday 6 August 2021

The Department of Archaeology is inviting expressions of interest from eligible early career researchers to apply for a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

National Student Survey 2021

Thursday 22 July 2021

We’re delighted to have some of the happiest Archaeology students in the UK.

Canine faeces reveal more about 17th century working sled dogs

Wednesday 7 July 2021

Proteins from frozen canine faeces have been successfully extracted for the first time to reveal more about the diets of Arctic sled dogs.

Archaeologists to recover lost World War II US bomber crew in West Sussex field

Monday 5 July 2021

University of York archaeologists are working with British and US military veterans to recover the remains of a World War II bomber crew.

The tradition of keeping mementos in memory of loved ones dates back at least 2,000 years

Tuesday 22 June 2021

Holding onto everyday items as keepsakes when a loved one dies was as commonplace in prehistory as it is today, a new study suggests.

Ceramics provide insights into medieval Islamic cuisine

Monday 14 June 2021

A new study has found interesting differences between rural and urban cuisines in Islamic-ruled medieval Sicily

First Year student wins highly sought-after scholarship for research and leadership

Thursday 10 June 2021

Congratulations to Andrew Hill (BSc Archaeology), who has been awarded the Laidlaw Scholarship for 2021.

MA student Felix Charteris wins prestigious conservation prize

Thursday 10 June 2021

Felix Charteris awarded IHBC’s Gus Astley Student Award.

Publication: The Viking Great Army and the Making of England

Friday 21 May 2021

York archaeologists publish new book on the Viking Great Army

Iron Age Mnemonics: A Biographical Approach to Dwelling in Later Prehistoric Britain

Wednesday 12 May 2021

Research by post-doctoral research associate Dr Lindsey Büster has been published in the Cambridge Archaeological Journal.

Fully funded PhD available

Wednesday 12 May 2021

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) studentship – Informing our Heritage Future(s): Preserving our Digital Past(s)

Two new lectureships available!

Monday 26 April 2021

We have opportunities for lecturers in Museum Studies and Historical Archaeology

Tribute to Don Henson

Wednesday 21 April 2021

Don was a much loved friend and colleague in the Department

Grave goods show gendered roles for Neolithic farmers

Thursday 15 April 2021

Grave goods, such as stone tools, have revealed that Neolithic farmers had different work-related activities for men and women.

New research on underwater shell middens

Friday 26 March 2021

Geoff Bailey is corresponding author on two open access articles that have been published by Quaternary Science Reviews on underwater shell middens in Denmark and the Gulf of Mexico in the USA.

Sheepskin was the anti-fraud device of choice for lawyers for hundreds of years, study shows

Thursday 25 March 2021

Medieval and early modern lawyers chose to write on sheepskin parchment because it helped prevent fraud, new analysis shows.

COVID waste: archaeologists have a role to play in informing environmental policy

Tuesday 16 March 2021

Archaeologists have a vital role to play in documenting COVID-19 waste but also in informing the policies that may mitigate its longer-term impact, a new study suggests.

Malin Holst's work featured in two new publications

Monday 15 March 2021

Two new osteological reports, positing pathological evidence for Roman period migration, and an Iron Age skull perforated and perhaps mounted for display...

QS World Rankings by subject 2021

Friday 5 March 2021

The Department of Archaeology climbs to 12th in the world and maintains its place in the UK top 10.

Women in Archaeology Wikithon

Thursday 4 March 2021

Wikithon to celebrate the Women in Archaeology, to be held on 11th March 2021. Please come along!

Two MRes scholarships available in the marine cultural heritage of the eastern African coast

Thursday 25 February 2021

Opportunity to work on a project relating to marine cultural heritage in East Africa, as part of the Rising from the Depths AHRC Network. Closing Date for applications: 31st March 2021

Public lecture at the Society of Antiquaries, featuring York research in Tanzania

Monday 8 February 2021

Dr Stephanie Wynne-Jones talks about her excavations at Songo Mnara

Study suggests environmental factors played a key role in the evolution of human tolerance and friendliness

Wednesday 3 February 2021

Environmental pressures may have led humans to become more tolerant and friendly towards each other as the need to share food and raw materials became mutually beneficial, a new study suggests.

Martin Carver discusses story of Sutton Hoo in BBC Podcast

Tuesday 2 February 2021

Excited by the new film The Dig? Our own Professor Martin Carver - who ran excavations at the site 50 years later, discusses the real story in a BBC podcast.

Medieval containers hint at thriving wine trade in Islamic Sicily

Monday 1 February 2021

Researchers at the University of York have found chemical residues of grapes in medieval containers indicating a prosperous wine trade in Islamic Sicily.

York Archaeology joins Urgency project for new Covid-19 research

Friday 29 January 2021

The Department of Archaeology is engaging in a new research collaboration into the pandemic's impact on the heritage sector.

What can palaeoproteomics do for you?

Thursday 21 January 2021

Dr Jessica Hendy publishes important overview of archaeological applications of ancient protein analysis

York PhD Candidate publishes edited volume on Mesolithic Europe

Thursday 21 January 2021

Annabell Zander's volume, 'From the Early Preboreal to the Subboreal period − Current Mesolithic research in Europe', out now.

Other Eyes: Understanding the past through bioarchaeology and digital media

Sunday 17 January 2021

Colleen Morgan Awarded AHRC funding for cutting-edge research

Staffordshire Hoard Publication wins HBA Book Award

Thursday 14 January 2021

Fern, Dickinson, and Webster's (eds) 2019 'The Staffordshire Hoard: an Anglo-Saxon Treasure' awarded Historians of British Art's 'Exemplary Multi-authored Book' prize.

Ancient DNA reveals secrets of Game of Thrones wolves

Wednesday 13 January 2021

Extinct dire wolves split off from other canines nearly six million years ago and were only a distant relative of today’s species, a new study says.

Department of Archaeology Undergraduate Degrees Accredited by CIFA

Friday 11 December 2020

The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists has recognized that York's programmes provide students with career-relevant skills.

New publication on archaeological approaches to slavery

Wednesday 9 December 2020

A guest-edited issue of the journal Azania explores archaeologies of slavery in Africa

York archaeologist commended in Times Higher Education awards

Thursday 3 December 2020

Dr Aimée Little, from the University of York’s Department of Archaeology, has been highly commended in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) 2020 awards in the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year category.

Launch of new YEAR Centre Podcast

Wednesday 25 November 2020

A new podcast by students and staff at the YEAR Centre will showcase recent and ongoing work in experimental archaeology at York

Professor Maureen Carroll podcast talk

Thursday 19 November 2020

Professor Maureen Carroll will be talking on the subject of infancy and early childhood in the Roman West

Women in African Archaeology feature launch

Monday 9 November 2020

Stephanie Wynne-Jones has launched a week-long special feature on the Women of African Archaeology on the website Trowelblazers

Capability Brown, Royal Gardener: the Business of Place-Making in Northern Europe

Monday 2 November 2020

York academic, Professor Jonathan Finch, co-edits a new book on the famed landscaper.

Walking in History

Wednesday 28 October 2020

University of York archaeologist Dr Jim Leary talks to the BBC History Magazine about his research in how people moved around in the past, from wayfarers to pilgrims, from drovers to long-distance travellers.

Podcast discusses 'The Swahili World'

Tuesday 27 October 2020

The New Books Network features a podcast discussing The Swahili World with the editors, Stephanie Wynne-Jones and Adria LaViolette

New Light on Portmahomack's 'Six-headed Chief'

Wednesday 21 October 2020

Experts use ancient DNA analysis to “decode” the secrets of “highly unusual” 14th-century burials in the Scottish Highlands.

Viking cities of York and Dublin join forces

Wednesday 21 October 2020

A University of York archaeologist is leading a major interdisciplinary project to explore the linked Viking history between York and Dublin.

Where did all the hunters go? Stone Age fishing spears used as proxies for cultural transition

Wednesday 14 October 2020

New article by team led by recent PhD student Theis Jensen

NEW Publication by PhD student Christopher Wakefield.

Thursday 8 October 2020

Online article concerns the use of social media in archaeological outreach work

MA Buildings student publishes award-winning dissertation on Tilbury Barracks

Monday 28 September 2020

Article published in Post-Medieval Archaeology

Congratulations to Masters Student Boram Kim for winning a York Award Gold!

Friday 25 September 2020

Conservation MA student awarded the prize for his achievements in the Heritage Planning Studio, which works with York Civic Trust

New ChemArch European doctoral training network

Wednesday 23 September 2020

We are excited to announce 15 fully funded PhDs on the chemistry and molecular biology of artefacts

New publication on cuisine of Hokkaidō Jōmon hunter-gatherer societies

Wednesday 23 September 2020

Harry Robson, Alexandre Lucquin, Oliver E. Craig, and an alumnus, Hayley Saul and colleagues publish new article in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology

York PhD Sarah Delaney and colleague wins BABAO funding

Friday 11 September 2020

This research will examine lead debris in dental calculus from a medieval mining population

York PhD Student Eleanor Green Wins Wenner Gren Funding

Friday 11 September 2020

The Dissertation Fieldwork Grant will fund research into ancient microbiomes, urbanisation and diet

Virtual Book Launch: Landscape and Settlement in the Vale of York

Thursday 10 September 2020

Book Launch: Landscape and Settlement in the Vale of York

York archaeologist shortlisted for THE teaching award

Thursday 10 September 2020

Dr Aimée Little, from the University of York’s Department of Archaeology, has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education (THE) Innovative Teacher of the Year award.

Zanzibar's Hidden History: podcast now live!

Thursday 10 September 2020

A podcast produced by UoY archaeologists has now been published on Soundcloud. Based on research from the Department of Archaeology, it tells the story of Zanzibar's deeper urban past, focusing on the site of Unguja Ukuu.

SPLASHCOS named in award of the European Archaeological Heritage Prize

Tuesday 8 September 2020

SPLASHCOS received an honorary mention in the award of the annual European Archaeological Heritage Prize at the recent meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists.

From the Neolithic to the modern day - York’s rich history revealed during major archaeological dig

Monday 7 September 2020

The results of a major archaeological dig – which included the discovery of a 2,500-year-old brain - on what is now the University of York’s Campus East have been published.

Guardian University Guide 2021

Monday 7 September 2020

Department of Archaeology maintains its place in the UK top 10.

York Conservation Trust Announces New Prizes

Monday 7 September 2020

Best undergraduate and best postgraduate taught dissertations about historic buildings in York will receive generous recognition

Sheffield Castle comes to life

Monday 7 September 2020

Archaeologists from York have contributed to a book which sheds remarkable new light on the political and social significance of Sheffield Castle.

Pennines Landscape Research Published

Monday 7 September 2020

New book chapter from PhD student Al Oswald in Pennine Perspectives. Professional and Community Investigations of Landscape Heritage

Grant boost for squirrel study

Thursday 3 September 2020

A researcher at York, whose work includes studies of the evolution of mammalian skulls, has been awarded a £65,000 grant to study the mechanics of feeding in red and grey squirrels.

New Article: Jim Leary publishes on past mobility with Martin Bell

Tuesday 1 September 2020

"Pathways to past ways: a positive approach to routeways and mobility" published in Antiquity

York Master's Student Finds Bronze Age Hoard

Friday 21 August 2020

Medieval Archaeology MA student Harry Platts found the Havering Hoard on his first excavation

Earliest art in British Isles discovered in Jersey

Wednesday 19 August 2020

Prehistoric people in the British Isles were creating artistic designs on rock as early as 15,000 years ago, a study has discovered.

Professor Hadley publishes chapter about the role of migrants during the Viking Age and the Norman Conquest

Tuesday 18 August 2020

New book, Migrants in Medieval England, c. 500-c. 1500, demonstrates that movement was a constant influence on the development of the kingdom of England and the concept of Englishness.

York PhD student Eleanor Green publishes with colleagues in Earth Science Reviews

Friday 7 August 2020

Open Access article "The what, how and why of archaeological coprolite analysis" discusses how archaeologists examine palaeofaeces

PNAS News Article Published on the Past and Present of Migration

Friday 7 August 2020

Penny Bickle, Ian Armit and colleagues argue that understanding past migrations can help us support migrants today and in the future

PhD student receives funding to research jewellery

Tuesday 4 August 2020

Kate Morris received funding from BAVS (British Association of Victorian Studies) to carry out research on Victorian mourning jewellery

Gold ring found during finds sampling

Thursday 30 July 2020

The ring was found by researchers as part of the Urban Ecology and Transitions in the Zanzibar Archipelago Project

Professor named as British Academy Fellow

Tuesday 28 July 2020

Martin Carver, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Archaeology, has been named as one of 86 new British Academy fellows in recognition of “outstanding contribution to subjects within the humanities and social sciences”.

Rebecca Scott wins Employability Prize 2020

Monday 20 July 2020

Rebecca has won the departmental prize for working with the Careers service at York to enhance her prospects.

Goodbye Year 3 students!

Thursday 16 July 2020

Our graduating class of 2020 celebrated on Zoom yesterday at a party that included a quiz and some messages from mystery guests

National Student Survey 2020

Wednesday 15 July 2020

We’re delighted to have some of the happiest archaeology students in the UK.

Researcher reconstructs skull of two million year-old giant dormouse

Friday 10 July 2020

A PhD student has produced the first digital reconstruction of the skull of a gigantic dormouse, which roamed the island of Sicily around two million years ago.

Researchers discover lost ancient Aboriginal history beneath waves of Australia’s coast

Wednesday 1 July 2020

Archaeologists have discovered hundreds of ancient Aboriginal artefacts off the coast of Western Australia.

New Publication: Glossary on Earth Building Techniques

Friday 26 June 2020

Dr Louise Cooke publishes multilingual Open Access Book on conservation

New publication: Fishers of the Corded Ware culture in the Eastern Baltic

Tuesday 23 June 2020

York Bioarchaeologists and colleagues examine multiple lines of evidence to reveal de-Neolithisation process

Seafood helped prehistoric people migrate out of Africa, study reveals

Friday 19 June 2020

Prehistoric pioneers could have relied on shellfish to sustain them as they followed migratory routes out of Africa during times of drought, a new study suggests.

‘Whispers from the Stalls’: Janine Buckley's study of Yorkshire country house stables wins SPMA Dissertation Prize

Tuesday 16 June 2020

MA Archaeology of Buildings student receives recognition for her study of country house stables

New project on early Neolithic cemeteries receives funding

Friday 12 June 2020

Penny Bickle and colleagues receive support from the Gerda Henkel Foundation and the National Environmental Isotope Facility (NEIF)

Department of Archaeology moves into the UK top ten

Tuesday 9 June 2020

This week the Department confirmed its place among the UK's most highly regarded departments for the subject of archaeology. The Department is ranked 9th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2021.

Aimée Little awarded AHRC

Thursday 4 June 2020

The "Stone Dead" project will examine why stone tools were placed with the dead

More opportunities available on our virtual work experience pages

Wednesday 3 June 2020

More opportunities with ADS released today - sign up for virtual opportunities over the summer

New publication: Archaeology’s place in education: under threat or an opportunity?

Friday 29 May 2020

Don Henson publishes an article in the European Journal of Post-Classical Archaeologies


Friday 22 May 2020

Applications open again

Stories in the Sky Releases 360 degrees Video

Thursday 21 May 2020

In collaboration with industry partner Human VR, York has created a 360 degrees video storytelling experience for Park Hill flats in Sheffield

NEW Publication: Sexual Inequalities in the Early Neolithic? Exploring Relationships Between Sexes/Genders at the Cemetery of Vedrovice Using Use-Wear Analysis, Diet and Mobility

Thursday 21 May 2020

Senior Lecturer Penny Bickle contributes to new paper arguing for a complex web of gender during the Neolithic.

A game of cat and mouse: new study reveals Europe’s earliest house mouse…. followed swiftly by the house cat.

Thursday 21 May 2020

Scientists have discovered that the house mouse invaded European homes 2,500 years earlier than previously thought.

Two Paid Placements in Digital Archaeology

Tuesday 19 May 2020

York students are invited to apply to "Digital Archiving Assistant" and "Zooarchaeological Symphonies" positions

First Historic Environment Record Created for Jersey

Tuesday 19 May 2020

Working in close collaboration with the Department of Archaeology at York, Jersey Heritage creates online historical and archaeological resource

Researchers trace evolution of self-control

Friday 15 May 2020

Human self-control evolved in our early ancestors, becoming particularly evident around 500,000 years ago when they developed the skills to make sophisticated tools, a new study suggests.

CFP: Making Your Mark 2020: The National Symposium for the Study of Historic Graffiti

Thursday 14 May 2020

Abstracts due for symposium on June 30th 2020

Welcome to Professor Maureen Carroll!

Thursday 14 May 2020

Professor Carroll joins York as a Professor of Roman Archaeology

Congratulations to our newest Laidlaw Scholar, Cedric Desenfants

Wednesday 13 May 2020

York Undergraduate wins funding for his research project: "Hope found in the Cave: Reconnecting World Cave Art to the 21st Century Digital World"

York MSc Veronica Lee Wins Association for Environmental Archaeology Grant

Monday 11 May 2020

AEA grant will support her dissertation research on Pike trade in the late medieval Baltic

HRC PhD Poster Competition 2020

Wednesday 29 April 2020

Congratulations to the Archaeology PhD student winners and other contestants!

Study traces spread of early dairy farming across Western Europe

Tuesday 28 April 2020

A study has tracked the shift from hunter-gatherer lifestyles to early farming that occurred in prehistoric Europe over a period of around 1,500 years.

Study sheds light on unique culinary traditions of prehistoric hunter-gatherers

Wednesday 22 April 2020

Hunter-gatherer groups living in the Baltic between seven and six thousand years ago had culturally distinct cuisines, analysis of ancient pottery fragments has revealed.

Congratulations to the 2020 White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities Cohort

Monday 13 April 2020

Andy Langley, Estelle Praet, Joshua De Giorgio and Martina Tenzer receive prestigious funded PhDs

The evolution of self control

Tuesday 7 April 2020

York researchers show changes in self control through time

New publication of a chapter on Early Neolithic ritual

Thursday 26 March 2020

Penny Bickle compares striking or unusual examples of deposition with routine discard in "Magical, Mundane or Marginal"


Monday 23 March 2020

Change to advertisement

New Publication: Houses of the Dead?

Friday 20 March 2020

Jim Leary co-edited a new volume on Neolithic longhouses that includes a chapter by Penny Bickle

Eleanor Green Wins Award from Linnean Society at Natural History Museum student conference

Monday 16 March 2020

The funding will support the development of a school workshop: Viking Dinners

Professor Nicky Milner wins Research Project of the Year 2020

Friday 6 March 2020

The Research Project of the Year award was won by ‘Life beside the lake: opening a new window on the Mesolithic at Star Carr’.

QS World Rankings by subject 2020

Wednesday 4 March 2020

The Department of Archaeology maintains its place in the world top 20 and UK top 10.

New publication: Indigenous Latino heritage: destruction, invisibility, appropriation, revival, survivance.

Thursday 27 February 2020

York PhD Paul Edward Montgomery Ramírez has a chapter in "Critical Perspectives on Cultural Memory and Heritage: Construction, Transformation and Destruction".

New publication: Crafts and Social Networks in Viking Towns

Thursday 27 February 2020

The Department of Archaeology's Dr Steve Ashby and Aarhus University's Prof Søren Sindbæk (formerly of this parish) are pleased to announce the publication of their long-awaited edited volume on crafts and communication in viking towns.

York archaeologists publish new article on combs from pre-Viking Ship Burial

Thursday 27 February 2020

Steve Ashby and colleagues ask what hair combs found in a unique pre-Viking burial can tell us about this key moment in the development of northern European society.

Stories in the Sky

Friday 14 February 2020

Dawn Hadley and Catriona Cooper receive UKRI Enhancing Place-Based Partnerships grant for further work on Sheffield's Park Hill Flats

UKRI celebrate York's Archaeology Data Service as a world-leader in digital preservation

Thursday 13 February 2020

Launched earlier this week, UK Research and Innovation's latest snapshot of the UK's main supporters of economic growth features the organisation as key existing infrastructure.

New Publication: The rock-art of Rombalds Moor, West Yorkshire, and its relationships to natural monuments

Wednesday 5 February 2020

York Research Associate Vivien Deacon has a new article in Time and Mind

SeaChanges network launched at York

Wednesday 5 February 2020

Academics gathered to launch programme that will provide state-of-the-art training and support to a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers in archaeology and marine biology.

New publication: Archaeology across the Pleistocene-Holocene boundary in western Germany: Human responses to rapid environmental change

Monday 3 February 2020

Annabell Zander and colleagues have published a chapter "Archaeology across the Pleistocene-Holocene boundary in western Germany: Human responses to rapid environmental change" in Volume 3 of the Proceedings of the 2016 Amiens Conference (published by the Société Préhistorique Française).

Hot pots helped ancient Siberian hunters survive the Ice Age

Saturday 1 February 2020

A new study shows that ancient Siberian hunters created heat resistant pots so that they could cook hot meals - surviving the harshest seasons of the ice age by extracting nutritious bone grease and marrow from meat.

New Publication: DeamiDATE used to authenticate ancient proteins

Friday 31 January 2020

Paola Ponce and colleagues publish a new paper in the Journal of Archaeological Sciences

Vesuvius victims suffered a slower death than believed

Thursday 23 January 2020

Some victims of the Mount Vesuvius eruption in AD 79 had a slower death than previously believed, new research shows.

Sound of an Egyptian mummy heard again for first time in 3,000 years

Thursday 23 January 2020

The sound of a mummified priest has been heard for the first time in 3,000 years, thanks to ingenious research by a team of academics.

York conservation alumni crowdfunding success

Tuesday 21 January 2020

The campaign has raised over £1600 so far for the Feilden Centenary Scholarship

New publication: Autism Spectrum Condition and the Built Environment: New Perspectives on Place Attachment and Cultural Heritage

Monday 13 January 2020

Research undertaken by John Schofield with Penny Spikins and Callum Scott in the University of York's Archaeology Department and Barry Wright from Health Sciences has shown how people with autism form different types of attachment towards buildings and places and create and respond to heritage values in different ways to neurotypical people

New Publication: Imagined realities in the portrayal and investigation of the British Mesolithic

Friday 10 January 2020

Don Henson publishes a new chapter in the book "A necessary fiction: researching the archaeological past through imagined narratives"

York Conservation Alumni launch the Feilden Centenary Scholarship

Tuesday 17 December 2019

New crowd-funding campaign launched

Two York Students Awarded Margaret Orme Prizes

Thursday 21 November 2019

Derek Parrott (MA Medieval Archaeology) and Katharine Waring (BA Archaeology) receive prestigious award for their dissertations

Estate Landscapes volume in the running for American Prize

Thursday 21 November 2019

Jon Finch and colleagues nominated for the international PROSE Awards

Department of Archaeology Professor helps establish Birds of East Berlin exhibition

Tuesday 12 November 2019

To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a new exhibit has gone on display at the Stiftung Berliner Mauer on Bernauer Strasse, Berlin.

New Frontiers in Heritage Science Project awarded £111,006 in funding

Friday 8 November 2019

Funds will be used to purchase a high-spec SEM-EDX microscope for the PalaeoHub

York archaeologists help to uncover the remains of Americans killed in World War II

Monday 4 November 2019

American and British veterans work together to bring home the remains of US aircrew.

Molly Hardman Wins Prestigious Prehistoric Society Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

Monday 4 November 2019

Dissertation title: Magdalenian Minds: An evaluation of the role of cognition in mobiliary art of the Magdalenian

York researchers use storytelling and immersive technologies to connect us to our past, present and future

Wednesday 30 October 2019

The EU-funded EMOTIVE Project demonstrates its outcomes at a public event at Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum on 30 October

The Staffordshire Hoard published

Monday 28 October 2019

Two of the department's honorary fellows edit a new book detailing the discovery and analysis of the hoard

Kate Giles receives Honorary Associate Professorate from Aarhus University, Denmark

Friday 25 October 2019

Giles also gave an inaugural lecture: Public buildings, shaping urban landscapes

New publication: Thinking Gender Differently: New Approaches to Identity Difference in the Central European Neolithic

Tuesday 22 October 2019

Dr Penny Bickle has published a new article on Neolithic gender in the Cambridge Archaeological Journal

York Archaeologist awarded £100,000 Philip Leverhulme Prize

Friday 18 October 2019

Dr Jessica Hendy is one of 30 UK researchers to be awarded the prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize

Finch attends The Country House in the City

Friday 11 October 2019

Amsterdam conference was organised by the Dutch Castles Foundation, the University of Groningen, and ENCOUNTER (European Country House and Estate Research) network

Archaeology Appoints Two XR Stories Funded Master's by Research Students

Monday 30 September 2019

Joseph Empsall and Paul Docherty join Archaeology to conduct research in conjunction with major, AHRC-funded Immersive Stories initiative

New Publication: Distant, Invisible, Hidden Raíces. Indigenous Heritages of Central America: Renegotiation and Reconciliation

Tuesday 24 September 2019

Dr Paul Edward Montgomery Ramírez publishes in edited volume Research and Reconciliation: Unsettling Ways of Knowing through Indigenous Relationships

New Article: The Limitation of Water Flow and the Limitations of Postmodernism

Tuesday 24 September 2019

Steve Roskams discusses the significance of water in the Roman world

Archaeology Data Service and Colleagues Receive Prestigious Award

Tuesday 24 September 2019

York is key partner in development of award winning digital archaeology app

We're in the top 10

Monday 23 September 2019

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide ranks York among the country's leading archaeology departments.

York Master's Student wins prize at BABAO Meeting, undergraduates present research

Monday 23 September 2019

Yuka Shichiza received a BABAO prize for the best student podium presentation and Amelia Hall and Alessandro Dell'Anno presented posters

York Students Win at Cambridge Annual Student Archaeology Conference

Monday 16 September 2019

Jess Cousen, Giselle Rainsford-Betts and Molly Hardman recognised for their excellent research

Annabell Zander wins prestigious EAA Student Award 2019

Monday 16 September 2019

The Award was received for the paper "Lost in transition: tracing cultural traditions at the Pleistocene-Holocene transition in northwestern Europe"

THE shortlist: Outstanding Research Supervisor

Friday 13 September 2019

Head of Department Nicky Milner is nominated for the prestigious award

Researchers find earliest direct evidence of milk consumption

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Researchers have found the earliest direct evidence of milk consumption anywhere in the world in the teeth of prehistoric British farmers.

York's First Photographs on Display in the Museum Gardens

Friday 30 August 2019

Yorkshire Philosophical Society, York Museums Trust, York Explore and Archaeology's Colleen Morgan created the exhibition

Congratulations to everyone receiving A level results today!

Thursday 15 August 2019

Well done for all of your hard work.

Waiting for A Level Results?

Wednesday 7 August 2019

Archaeology Undergraduate Student Amy talks about her A level results day experiences

Archaeology student finds exceptionally rare fragment from Roman bottle

Tuesday 23 July 2019

A masters student from the Department has found himself at the centre of an extraordinary archaeological discovery.

Professor Nicky Milner elected as British Academy Fellow

Monday 22 July 2019

Professor Milner is among 76 distinguished scholars to be elected to the prestigious fellowship in recognition of her work in the field of Archaeology.

Ray Mears to open unique outdoor archaeology lab in York

Thursday 18 July 2019

Survival expert and TV presenter, Ray Mears, will officially open the University of York’s YEAR Centre – an outdoor laboratory designed to allow researchers and students to recreate techniques and cultural practices of the ancient past.

Martin Carver Receives Official Appreciation

Tuesday 16 July 2019

The British Ambassador to Italy Praises Professor Martin Carver and the University of York for support of the Palermo Queen’s Birthday Party

Ray Mears to Receive Honorary Degree from York

Tuesday 16 July 2019

Survival instructor and popular TV presenter honored at Archaeology's graduation ceremony

Could studying human origins help teenagers understand their complex emotions?

Thursday 11 July 2019

They were once considered our inferior, brutish relatives, but now researchers are using the story behind early humans to help teenagers understand their emotions.

National Student Survey 2019

Friday 5 July 2019

We’re delighted to have some of the happiest archaeology students in the UK.

Andy Needham awarded a prestigious British Academy Research Fellowship

Wednesday 3 July 2019

Andy Needham has been awarded a prestigious three-year British Academy Research Fellowship.

Digital Archaeology and Heritage Lab Launched

Tuesday 2 July 2019

Lab supports departmental specialisation in digital techniques

Caitlin Kitchener Wins HRC Doctoral Fellowship First Prize

Monday 1 July 2019

York PhD student presented her research on material and gendered experiences of the female reformers in 1819

Archaeology's Professor Geoff Bailey speaks at Washington DC meeting.

Friday 21 June 2019

Americans working on submerged landscapes and underwater archaeology convened a two day meeting of presentations and discussions at the Smithsonian Museum.

New Book from Field Archaeology Master's Student

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Rowan Patel publishes "The Lane End Plateway: An Early Railway in the Staffordshire Potteries"

Paper published in Heritage Science

Wednesday 19 June 2019

A new paper written by academics in Archaeology has been published in the journal Heritage Science.

Ancient DNA from Roman and medieval grape seeds reveal ancestry of wine making

Tuesday 11 June 2019

A grape variety, still used in wine production in France today, can be traced back 900 years to just one ancestral plant, scientists have discovered.

Academic delves into the archaeology of espionage at famous Berlin Cold War spy base

Tuesday 11 June 2019

Professor John Schofield’s father never spoke about his work. Having signed the Official Secrets Act he couldn’t.

Departmental employability prize 2019

Monday 10 June 2019

Ellie Lees and Phoebe Ronn win Department of Archaeology employability prize 2019

We’re 7th in the UK

Friday 7 June 2019

Archaeology at York in the top ten in the Guardian University Guide.

Scientists get a grip on sloth family tree

Friday 7 June 2019

Scientists have solved the evolutionary puzzle of how sloths went from enormous ground-dwelling giants to the small, famously-laidback tree-climbers of the modern day.

York leads new PhD network on marine historical ecology

Tuesday 4 June 2019

Project SeaChanges will support 15 fully-funded PhD studentships to train researchers in archaeology and marine ecology.

Unique Iron Age shield gives insight into prehistoric technology

Friday 24 May 2019

A unique bark shield, thought to have been constructed with wooden laths during the Iron Age, has provided new insight into the construction and design of prehistoric weaponry.

Estate Landscapes in Northern Europe

Thursday 23 May 2019

Dr Jonathan Finch has published the book 'Estate Landscapes in Northern Europe' which studies the role of the landed estate as an agent in the shaping of landscapes and societies over the past five centuries.

York professor publishes new analysis of medieval funerary practices

Thursday 16 May 2019

Professor Dawn Hadley carried out a multidisciplinary investigation of charnel houses

Avatars, Monsters, and Machines: A Cyborg Archaeology

Thursday 9 May 2019

Colleen Morgan publishes new article on posthuman theory in digital archaeology

New publication: Late Bronze Age-Early Iron Age Skeletal Remains

Thursday 9 May 2019

Dr Paola Ponce finds evidence of dental disease, trauma, joint disease and metabolic disease in human remains at a West Sussex site

Can a chatbot change our perceptions of the past?

Thursday 9 May 2019

York lecturer and two York alumna publish co-authored research on creating rules-based chatbots for heritage sites

Research reveals freshwater mussel shells were material of choice for prehistoric craftsmen

Tuesday 7 May 2019

A new study suggests that 6000-years-ago people across Europe shared a cultural tradition of using freshwater mussel shells to craft ornaments.

New publications on the Mesolithic by York prehistorians

Friday 3 May 2019

Staff members Robson, Knight, Milner and Little co-author several new publications

First isotopic study on high status diet and health in Islamic Portugal reveals sex-related difference in diet

Thursday 2 May 2019

Alice Toso of the Department of Archaeology publishes isotopic analysis of medieval Muslim populations

Past biodiversity in Brazilian shell mounds

Wednesday 1 May 2019

A York researcher analyses coastal archaeology in South American sambaquis

New Article in Antiquity: H.A.R.P.: investigating Mesolithic landscapes of life and death at the western edge of Europe

Monday 29 April 2019

Aimée Little and colleagues describe project on Early Mesolithic human cremation burials

New Technique Developed to Study Archaeological Materials

Monday 29 April 2019

York's Martin Robinson (Department of Electronic Engineering) and Archaeology's Aimée Little, Samuel Cobb, and Steve Ashby and colleagues publish on their innovative research into dielectric measurement

New Article: Does Political Change Affect Diet?

Monday 29 April 2019

Michelle Alexander and her colleagues publish on the diet and economy of the medieval city of Valencia under Visigothic, Muslim and Christian rule

Exploring Stone Age Archaeology: The Mysteries of Star Carr

Thursday 18 April 2019

An online course on Star Carr goes live July 1st

Need for social skills helped shape modern human face

Wednesday 17 April 2019

The modern human face is distinctively different to that of our near relatives and now researchers believe its evolution may have been partly driven by our need for good social skills.

Expert Reaction: Notre Dame Cathedral fire

Tuesday 16 April 2019

Experts in archaeology, music, history, history of art, and medieval studies at the University of York give their reactions to the Notre Dame Cathedral fire in Paris.

Fulbright Success for Digital MSc Student

Wednesday 10 April 2019

Congratulations to Alyssa Loyless who received the award to study peripheral temple sites and cultural features of Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia

Shell ornaments and modern humans in southern Europe

Tuesday 9 April 2019

York lecturer Andre Colonese publishes new research on the making and use of personal ornaments by early anatomically modern humans

Archaeology Professor Continues Work on Marine Plastics

Monday 8 April 2019

John Schofield is giving lectures and conducting research in Australia

Feeding red squirrels peanuts may make natural diet a tough nut to crack

Monday 1 April 2019

New research suggests a population of red squirrels on the Lancashire coast may have developed weaker bites after snacking on peanuts.

Malin Holst Co-Edits New Book on Death, Burial and Identity

Thursday 21 March 2019

Archaeological monograph is available Open Access on the Archaeology Data Service

Mesolithic Studies Master's Student Runs Outreach Activity for Hertford Vale Primary School Pupils

Friday 15 March 2019

Andy Langley instructed Key Stage 2 Students in Mesolithic themed hands-on experiments

Cultural Heritage Management Alumna Featured on Podcast

Friday 15 March 2019

Jackie Jansen van Doorn speaks about her research on dark heritage on Military Museums podcast

York Digital Master's Student Alyssa Loyless Publishes in Epoiesen

Friday 15 March 2019

Current Archaeological Information Systems student publishes "Visualizing the York Minster as Papercraft"

The ancient craft of Nålbinding

Tuesday 12 March 2019

York Master's Alumna Emma "Bruni" Boast instrumental in preservation of the practice

York Archaeology Department at SAA2019

Saturday 9 March 2019

The Archaeology Department will attend the SAA conference in April 2019

Archaeology Linked with Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity

Friday 8 March 2019

Newly funded Centre examines how the relationship between humanity and the natural world is changing, and how we might develop and maintain a sustainable Earth

New Publication: Seeing the Past With Computers

Monday 4 March 2019

Colleen Morgan and colleagues publish a new book chapter on aural augmented reality

Stratford Town Trust signs memorandum of understanding with University of York

Friday 1 March 2019

The MoU was signed with the Departments of Archaeology and History

QS World Rankings by subject 2019

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Department of Archaeology maintains its place in the world top 20 and UK top 5.

New Publication: Diet, cuisine and consumption practices of the first farmers in the southeastern Baltic

Wednesday 20 February 2019

Harry Robson, Alexandre Lucquin and Oliver Craig reveal publish organic residue analysis of pottery results in Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences

Nathan Wales co-authors large-scale publication on rabbit DNA

Monday 18 February 2019

Article in Science is unprecedented study spanning 150 years and thousands of miles, reveals the genetic basis for the animal's fightback against the deadly myxoma virus

YEAR Centre Official Launch

Friday 15 February 2019

The York Experimental Archaeology Research (YEAR) Centre celebrates with a new blog detailing research

Professor Emeritus Martin Carver Publishes New Book: Formative Britain

Friday 15 February 2019

Formative Britain is a highly illustrated book that presents an account of the peoples occupying the island of Britain between 400 and 1100 AD

Jessica Hendy Appointed as New Lecturer in Palaeoproteomics

Friday 8 February 2019

Groundbreaking researcher in the study of ancient proteins joins BioArCh

New Publication: Single Context Archaeology as Anarchist Praxis

Tuesday 29 January 2019

Colleen Morgan co-authors a new article in the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology

A Day in the Life of an Archaeology Undergraduate Video

Monday 28 January 2019

Check out this incredible choose-your-own-adventure video by Amy, a first year Archaeology and Heritage student

Elizabeth Castle Project to continue in 2019

Monday 28 January 2019

The project has received funding for further investigation this summer

New Head of Department

Friday 18 January 2019

Professor Nicky Milner becomes head of the Archaeology Department

What do you actually do? Careers podcast launched

Wednesday 16 January 2019

Brand new podcast to help you get ideas and insights into a wide range of careers.

NEW BOOK: The Oxford Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology

Tuesday 15 January 2019

Dr Daryl Stump has co-edited a new volume examining how modern environments and landscapes have been shaped by humans

Research by Paola Ponce Featured in New Archaeology Gallery at Brighton Museum

Monday 14 January 2019

Five individual skeletons have been 'brought to life,' informed by osteological research

Ultramarine pigment may reveal forgotten female scribes of medieval monasteries

Thursday 10 January 2019

Precious blue pigment preserved in the dental plaque of an 11th-century woman has revealed the earliest evidence that medieval women may have been the artists behind some of Europe’s most richly illustrated books.

York student wins Anatomical Society Best Image Prize

Tuesday 8 January 2019

PhD student Jesse Hennekam wins for his reconstruction of the skull of a giant dormouse

New Publication in CAA2016 Proceedings Theorising the Digital: A Call to Action for the Archaeological Community

Tuesday 8 January 2019

Lecturers Perry and Taylor reflect on the challenges of integrating digital archaeology into mainstream practice

Digging Up Britain's Past

Friday 4 January 2019

York archaeologist Steve Ashby features in a new archaeological documentary series on Channel 5 this week

Moving Landscapes in the transatlantic world, 1670-1830

Thursday 20 December 2018

York senior lecturer Jon Finch travelled to California to speak about his work

Revising the history of world’s most important food crop

Wednesday 19 December 2018

Researchers have traced the genetic lineage of the maize plant and discovered it was most likely brought to South America from Mexico more than 6,500 years ago.

The heritage of country music

Wednesday 19 December 2018

The relationship between country and British folk music is explored by York researchers

New techniques available for the identification of food preferences

Monday 17 December 2018

York researchers edit a special issue of Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports

Job Opportunity—Lecturer in Palaeoproteomics

Wednesday 28 November 2018

The Department of Archaeology seeks a full-time lecturer in ancient proteins

In Search of the Viking Great Army: beyond the winter camps

Wednesday 14 November 2018

York professors publish a new paper discussing Viking finds distribution

BioArCh visits Malton School

Monday 12 November 2018

Alice Toso held a workshop for year 5 and 6 students

Fern plant infusion keeps the doctor away in Medieval Europe

Monday 5 November 2018

The remains of a medieval skeleton has shown the first physical evidence that a fern plant could have been used for medicinal purposes in cases such as alopecia, dandruff and kidney stones.

York Master's Students Attend CAA-UK 2018

Thursday 1 November 2018

Students Travelled up to Edinburgh for the Computer Applications in Archaeology UK Conference

Katherine Bradshaw Wins Bursary to Excavate at Vindolanda

Friday 26 October 2018

Third-year undergraduate digs into the Roman past at Hadrian's Wall

Department of Archaeology receives Bronze Athena SWAN award

Thursday 25 October 2018

The award recognises advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all

John Schofield's Work on Galapagos Published in British Archaeology

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

Tuesday 9 October 2018

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

Neanderthal healthcare practices crucial to survival

Thursday 4 October 2018

New research has suggested that Neanderthals embraced healthcare practices, such as assisting in cases of serious injury and the challenges of childbirth.

Residues on prehistoric pottery reveal secrets of early cheese making

Thursday 4 October 2018

Analysis of food proteins preserved in 8,000 year-old bowls and jars has revealed early cheese making at the prehistoric site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey.

James Roswell Wins Place on Ancient Rome Summer School

Monday 1 October 2018

York Undergraduate Attends Highly Prestigious Training Hosted by British School at Rome

Times Good University Guide 2019

Tuesday 25 September 2018

The Department of Archaeology has placed 10th in the latest Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

York archaeologist opens new-look Bolton museum

Friday 21 September 2018

University of York archaeologist, Professor Joann Fletcher, will open a new exhibition of Egyptian artefacts at the newly refurbished Bolton museum.

New Publication on the Evolutionary Significance of Neanderthal Healthcare

Thursday 20 September 2018

Research reveals that care for their fellows may have been essential to Neanderthal occupation of Eurasia

On the Hunt for the DNA of the Mexican Hairless Dog

Tuesday 18 September 2018

New publication! York's Aurélie Manin is looking for archaeological evidence of the Xoloitzcuintle, a breed characterised by a sparse hair coat and a severe lack of teeth

Welcome to Professor Dawn Hadley!

Thursday 13 September 2018

Professor Hadley joins the Department of Archaeology as a Professor of Medieval Archaeology

Archaeological conservation project at Epiacum

Wednesday 5 September 2018

York's Al Oswald and students from the department

Coastal strip in Brazil sheds new light on early farming

Wednesday 5 September 2018

Humans may have been cultivating plants on a narrow coastal strip in Brazil as far back as 4,800 years ago, according to a new study.

Solidarity with National Museum, Brazil

Tuesday 4 September 2018

Solidarity with National Museum, Brazil

Join York's Archaeologists at the Big Feast, Stonehenge this weekend

Thursday 30 August 2018

York academics head to Stonehenge to celebrate prehistoric food

York at the European Association of Archaeologists 2018

Thursday 23 August 2018

Research from 49 York staff and students features in 43 sessions about digital, bioarchaeology, public archaeology, and more!

Prehistoric mummy reveals ancient Egyptian embalming ‘recipe’ was around for millennia

Thursday 16 August 2018

The ancient Egyptians developed sophisticated embalming treatments far earlier and across a wider geographical area than had been previously known, forensic tests on a well-known prehistoric mummy have revealed.

York Lecturer Dr Penny Bickle publishes new book: Neolithic Bodies

Tuesday 7 August 2018

Volume covers research on human remains from the Near East and Europe

Why are heritage interpreters voiceless at the trowel’s edge?

Monday 6 August 2018

York’s Dr Sara Perry publishes article on integrating the heritage interpretation skillset & toolkit into archaeologists’ most basic workflows

Scientists discover why elusive aye-aye developed such unusual features

Thursday 2 August 2018

It is one of the most unusual primates on the planet – famed for its large eyes, big ears and thin, bony finger used for probing.

York archaeologist supervises school archaeological project

Wednesday 1 August 2018

Tim Sutherland organised the Year 7 project at the Steiner School

Molecular fingerprinting of soil from north-west Spain

Wednesday 1 August 2018

York researcher publishes a paper outlining the reliability of soil organic matter dates

New insights into ancient diets unlocked through british teeth

Wednesday 18 July 2018

British smiles have sometimes had a less-than-flattering international image, but a new study has put tartar from our infamously bad teeth to good use

Welcome to Dr Nathan Wales, our new Lecturer in Archaeological Science

Tuesday 17 July 2018

Nathan's research spans plant genetics, archaeobotany and palaeogenomics

The origins of pottery linked with intensified fishing in the post-glacial period

Tuesday 17 July 2018

A study into some of the earliest known pottery remains has suggested that the rise of ceramic production was closely linked with intensified fishing at the end of the last Ice Age.

Ancient bones reveal two lost whale species from the Mediterranean Sea

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Bones discovered at Roman archaeological also sheds new light on ancient historical source.

Pine traces at Star Carr: Evidence from residues on stone tools

Tuesday 10 July 2018

York researchers publish new paper showing conifer resins on stone tools

Archaeologists step closer to unravelling Army life at Elizabeth Castle

Friday 6 July 2018

Archaeologists at the University of York have uncovered evidence of a late 17th Century Army barracks at Jersey's Elizabeth Castle, as well as a rare brass button from an Army officer’s uniform.

Sussex Declaration: Researchers authenticate American Independence parchment

Friday 6 July 2018

Protein analysis of the parchment manuscript of the Declaration of Independence housed in the West Sussex Record Office has supported the hypothesis that the document was produced in the 1780s.

Traditional medicine as cultural heritage

Monday 2 July 2018

York researchers demonstrate the contemporary relevance of traditional medicine

Archaeology Welcomes Dr Jim Leary!

Monday 2 July 2018

New Lecturer in Field Archaeology appointed to the Department

Head of Department takes the party to Madrid

Monday 2 July 2018

John Schofield gives a public lecture at the National Archaeological Museum and performs a DJ set at Tabacalera, a culture and arts venue

HRC Doctoral Fellowship Competition 2018

Friday 29 June 2018

Archaeology 3rd year PhD researcher has been awarded HRC Doctoral Fellowship.

New radiocarbon study rewrites the end of Çatalhöyük

Friday 29 June 2018

A team led by archaeologists from York, Berlin, and Buffalo, New York has published new radiocarbon dates that change the story of the end of the world-famous early farming site in Turkey

Snapshots from Grotta d’Oriente

Thursday 28 June 2018

Increased marine productivity and sea level change supported a larger investment in marine resource by Mesolithic foragers in the central Mediterranean

BioArCh researcher takes up visiting professorship

Tuesday 26 June 2018

Anitia Radini from the Department of Archaeology is to work in Rome for three months

York Lecturer attends the UNESCO World Heritage Young Professionals event in Bahrain

Monday 25 June 2018

Dr Louise Cooke Presented Work on Climate Change and Heritage

Head of Department launches new book series

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Professor John Schofield's Archaeologies of the Contemporary Past will be released later this year

Research Fellowships at York

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Call for expressions of interest for applicants wishing to submit a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship in heritage conservation research

York Lecturer Penny Spikins Hosts New Podcast

Friday 15 June 2018

"The Story of Things" is a podcast series exploring the meaning of everyday objects from the past and present that help us explain the world we live in.

Archaeogaming! York PhD Student Andrew Reinhard Publishes Groundbreaking New Book

Tuesday 12 June 2018

“This is a stellar piece of work that moves beyond disciplines and worlds.” · Anna Foka, Umeå University

New work on the Igbo village arena, Nigeria

Tuesday 5 June 2018

John Kelechi Ugwuanyi publishes new research

Archaeology Wins Big at the Vice Chancellor's Teaching Awards

Tuesday 5 June 2018

Penny Bickle, Charlotte Rowley, and Annabell Zander recognised for excellent teaching

‘Story of Things’ podcast returns with football, voices, bees, and policing

Tuesday 5 June 2018

Archaeologist, Dr Penny Spikins, returns for a second series of The Story of Things podcast, where she is exploring research projects in sporting events, voice recognition, bee conservation, and how the police force are tackling issues of mental health.

Ancient tooth shows Mesolithic ancestors were fish and plant eaters

Friday 1 June 2018

Researchers make a first-time discovery for the period and region.

Head of the Department involved in project to rid Galapagos of plastic pollution

Thursday 31 May 2018

Professor John Schofield has joined other experts on the Galapagos islands to help develop a plan that will see the archipelago become a model on how to deal with plastic pollution.

In Life and Death: Archaeological Excavations at the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy, London

Wednesday 30 May 2018

Paola Ponce co-authored a book with Lucy Sibun on a multi-period site in London containing the remains of 612 individuals

MEDICINE project in Edinburgh

Thursday 24 May 2018

York researchers present a paper at the 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health

On the Attribution of Palaeolithic Artworks

Thursday 24 May 2018

The Case of La Marche (Lussac-les-Châteaux, Vienne)

Down to the last detail: How our ancestors with autistic traits led a revolution in Ice Age art

Tuesday 15 May 2018

The ability to focus on detail, a common trait among people with autism, allowed realism to flourish in Ice Age art, according to researchers at the University of York

Dan Boothby Awarded Student Outreach Award

Friday 11 May 2018

Develops Archaeology Club at Local School

Hermitage Archaeological Research Project Website Launched

Wednesday 9 May 2018

HARP is a multidisciplinary team led by Aimée Little investigating a Mesolithic site in Ireland

2018 IHBC Marsh Award Winners

Wednesday 25 April 2018

The Marsh Awards recognise individuals dedicated to heritage conservation, learning and development

Counter Culture: investigating Neolithic social diversity

Monday 23 April 2018

New AHRC grant for department

Jess Bates Receives White Rose/AHRC PhD Funding

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Research on Flint Microwear Patterns at Star Carr Selected for Prestigious Award

Star Carr monographs published

Monday 16 April 2018

Two volumes on the excavations are available

York PhD Student Claire Price Publishes in Historic England's RESEARCH Magazine

Friday 13 April 2018

"Enhancing Nottingham's Local List" discusses ways to protect Nottingham's heritage

York MP Rachael Maskell Visits Department of Archaeology

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Postdoc Robyn Inglis Participates in Royal Society Pairing Scheme with Maskell

The evolutionary advantage of having eyebrows

Tuesday 10 April 2018

York researchers discusses the role of eyebrows in human connection

Restoration of Elizabeth Castle hospital to begin

Monday 9 April 2018

York staff and students will work on the building as part of a new project

Team at Star Carr site discover misleading residues on lithics

Friday 6 April 2018

Using Raman microspectroscopy, a team of archaeologists and physicists at the University of York have identified some misleading traces on ancient stone tools found at Star Carr site.

Archaeology academic awarded prestigious British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

Wednesday 4 April 2018

Dr Harry Robson has been awarded prestigious funding from the British Academy, the voice of the humanities and social sciences.

New standards for ancient protein studies

Wednesday 4 April 2018

Professor Matthew Collins has collaborated with a group of international researchers to provide consistency to the field of palaeoproteomics.

Poisoning histories in the Italian Renaissance

Wednesday 4 April 2018

Dr Gianni Gallello, the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, has studied the poisoning cases of the Italian Renaissance Florentine humanists Pico and Poliziano.

Exhibition: The Palaeolithic Landscapes of Wadi Dabsa, Saudi Arabia

Thursday 29 March 2018

A new exhibition in King's Manor by Dr Robyn Inglis has opened, showcasing the Department's ongoing work in Palaeolithic Saudi Arabia.

The object of my affection: attachment security and material culture

Monday 19 March 2018

York archaeologists publish new research into how objects affect us emotionally

Compassion helped Neanderthals to survive, study reveals

Wednesday 14 March 2018

They have an unwarranted image as brutish and uncaring, but new research has revealed just how knowledgeable and effective Neanderthal healthcare was

QS World Rankings 2018

Thursday 1 March 2018

Archaeology has kept its position in the top 5 UK rankings.

Norse knowledge

Monday 19 February 2018

Dr Steve Ashby features on Vikings documentary

Dr Kevin Walsh awarded AHRC grant

Friday 16 February 2018

Senior lecturer awarded funding for research on pastoralism and transhumance in the Western Alps

New book review published

Friday 9 February 2018

York research student publishes in Quaternary Science Reviews

Landmark Publication from York Researchers on Archaeological Illustration in Journal of Field Archaeology

Tuesday 6 February 2018

In "Pencils and Pixels" Colleen Morgan and Holly Wright Critically Examine Digital and Analog Field Drawing

Hands-on experimental archaeology at the YEAR centre

Monday 5 February 2018

Exciting opportunities for students on the MA/MSc Material Culture and Experimental Archaeology

Dr. Daryl Stump appointed as lecturer

Friday 2 February 2018

The joint appointment between the Departments of Archaeology and Environment follows the completion of Daryl's AAREA project

New website for the Wildmore Fen project

Friday 26 January 2018

The project is led by the University of York and explores the Neolithic Landscape of Lincolnshire and beyond

Sex pistols cartoons to go on display

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Artwork sketched on the walls of the Sex Pistols’ London home has gone on display in York.

Not just for Christmas: Study sheds new light on ancient human-turkey relationships

Thursday 18 January 2018

For the first time, research has uncovered the origins of the earliest domestic turkeys in ancient Mexico.

James Taylor Publishes on Impact of Digital Tablet Recording in the Field at Çatalhöyük

Monday 15 January 2018

Open Access Internet Archaeology article examines the role of digital recording methods and visualisation tools in archaeological fieldwork

VC Senior Appointment in Archaeology

Monday 15 January 2018

Professor Dawn Hadley will join York's Archaeology Department in September

A Prehistoric Monument Complex at Lochbrow

Thursday 4 January 2018

York fieldwork officer Helen Goodchild co-directed a project at the site

A Prehistoric Monument Complex at Lochbrow

Thursday 4 January 2018

York fieldwork officer Helen Goodchild co-directed a project at the site

Analysis of ochre artefacts from Flixton

Friday 22 December 2017

York archaeologists shed light on the use of ochre by hunter-gatherers

York conservation archaeologists visit New Delhi

Friday 15 December 2017

Gill Chitty and Louise Cooke were part of the judging panel for INTACH

MA students work with York Archaeological Trust

Wednesday 13 December 2017

The postgraduates created documentary films on their experimental research

AARD (African Archaeology Research Day)

Tuesday 12 December 2017

The 15th African Archaeology Research Day was held at the Department on Saturday 25th November 2017

A large handaxe from Wadi Dabsa

Monday 11 December 2017

York archaeologists involved in the discovery of a Palaeolithic tool

York archaeologist makes trip to South Korea

Monday 11 December 2017

Don Henson spoke about the principles of public archaeology

Masters student awarded John Evans prize

Friday 8 December 2017

Eleanor Green won the 2017 award for her dissertation

Research Associate awarded numismatic medal

Wednesday 6 December 2017

Former PhD student Tony Abramson received the award from the British Numismatic Society

York students awarded dissertation prizes

Thursday 30 November 2017

Four students picked up awards for their exceptional work

York professor recognised for outstanding contribution

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Geoff Bailey has been elected as a Corresponding Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities

Recent graduate Catherine Thomas wins national dissertation prize

Monday 27 November 2017

Catherine Thomas awarded Society for Medieval Archaeology's John Hurst Prize

York's Jonny Farley and Izzy Wisher Visit Archaeology Club Bootham School

Saturday 25 November 2017

Masters students presented on Human Evolution and analysis of the pottery and structures of Moche Valley in Peru

York researchers win York Culture Award 2017

Friday 24 November 2017

VikingVR wins Excellence in Media Arts category

York PhDs receive prestigious Abdul Rahman Al-Ansari Archaeological Awards

Tuesday 21 November 2017

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

Marine plastics: An Archaeologist Wades In

Friday 17 November 2017

John Schofield participates in a Galapagos Day event at the Royal Geographical Society in London

York PhD Student Harald Fredheim Publishes in the International Journal of Heritage Studies

Friday 17 November 2017

Article questions using volunteers as a means to democratise heritage practice in the UK

Scientists from York's BioArCh reveal the biomolecular history of the York Gospel

Monday 13 November 2017

New publication on the biological information contained in the parchment of holy books

York Archaeology Welcomes Urban Conservation Delegation from India

Monday 13 November 2017

Professor Sathya Varanashi will be speaking about urban heritage conservation initiatives in Uttar Pradesh and reflecting on these from his wealth of professional experience across the sub-continent.

New Publication: John Schofield Releases Volume of World Archaeology on Counter Archaeologies

Monday 13 November 2017

Introduction article covers Schofield's take on punk archaeology

Pretty Dirty Archaeology Exhibition Launches

Friday 3 November 2017

Dr Carol Lang and Dr Robyn Inglis launch new exhibition on the art of micromorphology in the Common Room at King's Manor

Beginning new research into everyday life in a Medieval village

Wednesday 1 November 2017

York researchers visit Historic England to sample Wharram Percy

New publication examining major African archaeological sequence

Tuesday 31 October 2017

York researcher publishes new paper on the stratigraphy of the Haua Fteah, Libya

Introducing the world’s first English-language archaeology TV shows

Friday 27 October 2017

Sara Perry researches the link between archaeology and the origins of TV programming

Jessica Bates awarded dissertation prize

Friday 27 October 2017

York graduate achieves runner-up award

Exhibit: Feast around the cooking pot with builders of Stonehenge

Monday 23 October 2017

Elaborate cooking pots used by the builders of Stonehenge in special feasts and ceremonies, are just some of the items on display at a new English Heritage exhibition revealing the diet of the prehistoric community that built the ancient monument 4,500 years ago.

Separating the curds from the whey: Why did we start making cheese?

Friday 20 October 2017

York's Penny Bickle on how to make Neolithic cheese

War and Art: A Visual History of Modern Conflict

Monday 16 October 2017

Head of Department of Archaeology publishes chapter in new volume

Francesca Dolcetti researches the impact of 3D modelling

Friday 13 October 2017

York PhD researcher Francesca Dolcetti studies interactive digital visualisations and audience perception

NEW BOOK: Steve Ashby and Aleks McClain publish new research at Torpel Manor

Tuesday 10 October 2017

"Torpel Manor: The Biography of a Landscape" covers archaeological investigations of the Saxon, Viking, and medieval periods.

Dr. David Orton wins prestigious grant from the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust to research the spread of rats in medieval northern Europe

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Zooarchaeological research traces the black rat to help understand the establishment of towns and trade in the medieval period.

Major AHRC-GCRF grant success for Department of Archaeology

Wednesday 4 October 2017

Stephanie Wynne-Jones is part of an interdisciplinary team researching coastal lifeways and cultural heritage in eastern Africa

Autism spectrum conditions affect preferences in valued personal possessions

Tuesday 3 October 2017

York researchers provide evidence for "complementary mentalities"

Conference Report: Jon Finch Attends ENCOUNTER Network Conference in Denmark

Saturday 30 September 2017

International Conference on European Country House and Estate Research with focus on landscapes, families, sustainability and heritage challenges across the region

Conference report: The 26th Annual Meeting of the German Mesolithic Workgroup

Wednesday 20 September 2017

Annabell Zander organised and hosted the conference in Wuppertal, Germany

York's Malin Holst Contributes to Touring Wellcome Collection Exhibition

Thursday 14 September 2017

Skeletons: London’s Buried Bones Shows at Leeds City Museum

Investigations at Elizabeth Castle, Jersey

Thursday 7 September 2017

York staff carry out archaeological recording of the 16th century castle

"Lost city" used 500 years of soil erosion to benefit crop farming

Tuesday 22 August 2017

York researchers show that soil erosion benefited farming practices for around 500 years at Engaruka, Tanzania

York archaeologists attend 18th Viking Congress

Wednesday 16 August 2017

Prof. Julian Richards and Steve Ashby travelled to Denmark to present recent work

York PhD student completes prestigious overseas research fellowship

Monday 14 August 2017

Aimée Keithan receives 2016-17 Washington Fellowship

Archaeology: still the best degree

Monday 14 August 2017

John Schofield re-explores the prospects of archaeology as an academic degree in Current Archaeology

Borgring: the discovery of a Danish Viking Age ring fortress

Wednesday 9 August 2017

Airborne laser scanning (LiDAR) of the Danish countryside has helped identify an enormous late Viking Age fortification of near perfect circular form

New method of analysing ancient shells

Thursday 3 August 2017

Former York PhD postgraduate develops a new technique for reducing inaccuracies in shell analysis

Archaeologists find key to tracking ancient wheat in frozen Bronze Age box

Wednesday 26 July 2017

A chance discovery could help in the understanding of the spread and exploitation of cereal grains

York Lecturer Uncovers Earliest Domestic Structures Excavated on Zanzibar

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Stephanie Wynne-Jones and her team find houses dating to the 7th - 8th century CE

York researchers review potential for alternative sources of ancient DNA

Monday 24 July 2017

Eleanor Green and Camilla Speller call for a wider range of biological substrates

Major Review of Mediterranean Sea Level Change and Coastal Occupation Published

Friday 21 July 2017

York archaeologists contribute to study of sea level changes

Chloe Watson shortlisted in World Illustrator Awards

Tuesday 18 July 2017

The Star Carr project illustrator has been nominated for the prestigious award

Head of Department calls for greater recognition and protection of small, independent music venues

Friday 14 July 2017

Professor John Schofield says we risk leaving the UK worse off culturally, socially and economically

York research project awarded NERC Isotope Facility Grant

Friday 14 July 2017

The grant will enable archaeological dating of a Paleolithic archaeological site in Saudi Arabia

New publication links hunter-gatherer pottery to the use of marine resources

Tuesday 11 July 2017

Collaborative BioArCh research reveals distinctive use of early Korean pottery

Story of Things

Thursday 22 June 2017

A series of podcasts discussing our relationships with objects

York research student wins PGWT of the Year award

Monday 19 June 2017

Annabell Zander highly commended at The Excellence Awards

The Stories Behind Our Favourite Things

Friday 9 June 2017

A talk on the subject of the emotional significance of certain precious things in our lives

Geophysical Survey at King's Manor

Wednesday 7 June 2017

A team of archaeologists hope to discover the lost Roman Amphitheatre

Digital Creativity in Archaeology

Wednesday 7 June 2017

Issue 44 of Internet Archaeology is now live

York lecturer publishes new book

Tuesday 6 June 2017

Penny Bickle has co-edited and contributed to "The Neolithic of Europe"

York archaeologist awarded prestigious fellowship

Friday 2 June 2017

A University of York archaeologist has been awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

The origins of turkey domestication

Friday 2 June 2017

York researchers to study turkey development in Mexico

York PhD student wins prestigious award

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Paul Edward Montgomery recognised for his heritage work

New Book: The Interactive Past: Archaeology, Heritage, and Video Games

Saturday 27 May 2017

York's Tara Copplestone, Andrew Reinhard and Colleen Morgan publish chapters in exciting new volume

Melodies of God: The significance of the soundscape in conserving the Great Zimbabwe landscape

Wednesday 24 May 2017

Ashton Sinamai's new paper examines holistic approaches for the conservation of sacred landscapes

The Greedy Queen—Eating with Victoria

Wednesday 24 May 2017

York Masters alumni Annie Gray's new book looks at Queen Victoria’s life through her food

Jon Finch Makes Successful Research Trip to Denmark

Monday 22 May 2017

Served as Visiting Professor at the Danish Centre for Manorial Studies, funded by the Danish Ministry of Culture

Caitlin Kitchener Wins Postgraduate Dissertation Prize

Friday 19 May 2017

"The Radical Landscapes of Peterloo" wins Prize from Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology

Archaeology, Heritage, and Social Value: Public Perspectives on European Archaeology

Wednesday 17 May 2017

ADS staff publish a paper presenting the key results of a major NEARCH survey

Marie Curie fellow among top 30 promising researchers

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Eve Rannamäe selected as one of the 30 faces of the Marie Curie actions to represent the over 100,000 fellows over the last two decades

Strangers in a strange land?

Monday 8 May 2017

A new paper explores the challenges in creating analogies with Neanderthals

Colleen Morgan Publishes on Virtual Reality and Crime Scene Investigation

Tuesday 18 April 2017

Innovative new guide covers simulation, immersive gameplay and virtual reality in Forensic Science Education

New Documentary 'Grains of Truth' Released by AAREA Project

Friday 7 April 2017

Film shows excavation work at the site of Engaruka, Tanzania and resulting important finds on climate change

Understanding landscape evolution in studies of terraced agriculture

Thursday 23 March 2017

New research carried out at the Konso Cultural Landscape highlights past complex landscape management

First-year PhD Student Organises International Conference

Tuesday 21 March 2017

Annabell Zander hosts 26th Annual Meeting of German Mesolithic Workgroup in Wuppertal with over 70 attendees from 8 different countries

York Archaeology Ranked as 11th in the World

Wednesday 8 March 2017

High marks for teaching and research draw acclaim

York archaeologists' research features in National Geographic

Monday 6 March 2017

Julian Richards and Steve Ashby's work challenges traditional perceptions of Vikings

Steve Ashby wins Mick Aston Photography Prize

Tuesday 28 February 2017

York lecturer wins inaugural prize for image of altar

York archaeologists publish chapter in new book

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Facet Publishing have announced the release of Participatory Heritage

York archaeologist publishes new paper

Wednesday 22 February 2017

Suzi Richer reflects on palaeoecological approaches to understanding past woodland environments

Sagunto Castle mortar construction periods identified

Monday 20 February 2017

York post-doc develops new chronology method to analyse trace elements in mortars

York archaeologists contribute to new book

Thursday 16 February 2017

Papers from four York archaeologists feature in "Medieval Archaeology"

New Online MA in English Building History Offered

Monday 13 February 2017

The MA in English Building History is a collaborative programme delivered by Lifelong Learning and the Department of Archaeology

Professional Recognition for Lecture Staff

Sunday 12 February 2017

Congratulations to Andre Colonese, Camilla Speller, and Steve Ashby

Jo Fletcher elected president of Forest of Galtres Society

Thursday 2 February 2017

Jo succeeds Dr Peter Addyman as president

Fellowship Writing Prize 2017

Tuesday 31 January 2017

Funding for Visiting Fellowships

Francis Pryor awarded honorary degree

Tuesday 24 January 2017

The University of York confers the honorary degree of Doctor of the University on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society

Marine Fish Consumption in Historic London

Monday 23 January 2017

York zooarchaeologist demonstrates a new approach to fish bone data analysis from historic-period London

Star Carr included in special stamp issue

Tuesday 17 January 2017

Antler headdress features in the 2017 Ancient Britain collection

Neolithic Chronological Modelling

Monday 9 January 2017

York archaeologist re-dates 1000 years of Neolithic ceramic chronology from the Upper Rhineland

Sex Pistols artwork on display at King's Manor

Monday 9 January 2017

The artwork is available to view in the Common Room

The Mongol Ger as a contemporary heritage paradox

Monday 9 January 2017

The changing form and function of the ger is explored by John Schofield

Star Carr pendant featured in BBC Big Digs 2016

Wednesday 4 January 2017

Pendant discovery made headlines in February 2016

Historic corn smut: using ancient DNA methods to understand risk to UK agriculture

Sunday 1 January 2017

York student awarded prestigious scholarship

Cath Neal Publishes Archaeological Insights on the Anthropocene

Wednesday 28 December 2016

Article provides perspectives on the scale and diversity of the physical technosphere

First Evidence of Millet Processing Found in Prehistoric Pottery Vessels

Friday 23 December 2016

Team including York researchers uses a new molecular technique to identify the remains of plants

Sex Pistols Artworks: The Artist's Impression

Thursday 8 December 2016

Head of Department John Schofield publishes more insight into the significance of Sex Pistols artworks

YEAR Centre sheds new light on creation of ancient artefacts

Tuesday 6 December 2016

Experimental archaeology at the Department's "outdoor lab" aims to answer questions about the past

Mummified remains identified as Egyptian Queen Nefertari

Sunday 4 December 2016

York archaeologists part of international team discover a pair of mummified legs on display in an Italian museum may belong to Egyptian Queen Nefertari – the favourite wife of the pharaoh Ramses II.

Why did Shakespeare's father paint over iconic medieval murals?

Friday 2 December 2016

Kate Giles of the Archaeology Department examines paintings at the Guild Chapel, Stratford-upon-Avon

Two world leading archaeological scientists appointed as honorary visiting professors at York

Thursday 17 November 2016

Department of Archaeology welcomes Profs. Mike Richards and Carl Heron

Dairy production in early farming communities of the northern Mediterranean

Tuesday 15 November 2016

Lipid residue analysis of pottery vessels suggests diverse subsistence strategies in Neolithic communities

Autism and human evolutionary success

Tuesday 15 November 2016

York lecturer publishes new research suggesting people with autism were highly valued in past societies

York alumnus appointed CBA Deputy Director

Wednesday 2 November 2016

Former CHM student joins Council for British Archaeology

Camilla Speller awarded major funding prize

Wednesday 2 November 2016

The York archaeologist has been awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize worth £100,000

Wetland deposits highly vulnerable to environmental change

Tuesday 1 November 2016

York scientists say important archaeological remains across the world could be at risk

York archaeologists publish paper on Early Mesolithic mortuary rites

Friday 28 October 2016

Burial practices in Hermitage, Ireland were studied

Two York Archaeologists Selected to Honor Women in the Geosciences

Wednesday 19 October 2016

Nicky Milner and Colleen Morgan to portray historic "Trowel Blazers" to highlight the accomplishments of women in science

York Postdoc finds Earliest Evidence for the Ivory Trade in Southern Africa

Sunday 16 October 2016

Ashley Coutu used isotope analysis to examine elephant ivory from the seventh-tenth centuries AD

Wigan museum gallery named after York staff

Monday 10 October 2016

York staff Jo Fletcher and Stephen Buckley honoured by museum

ADS 3D Viewer is now live

Friday 7 October 2016

The viewer was developed by Marie Curie Research Fellow Fabrizio Galeazzi in collaboration with 3DHOP

Professor Don Brothwell

Friday 7 October 2016

We are sad to announce the recent death of Emeritus Professor Don Brothwell

Ancient eggshell protein breaks through DNA time barrier

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Scientists have identified fossil proteins in a 3.8 million year-old ostrich eggshell, suggesting that proteins could provide valuable new insights into the evolutionary tree, much further back in time than was previously thought.

Disputed Neandertal region confirmed in France

Tuesday 20 September 2016

Researchers from the University of York have helped to solve an archaeological dispute - confirming that Neandertals were responsible for producing tools and artefacts previously argued by some to be exclusively in the realm of modern human cognitive abilities.

Lithic Residue Survival and Characterisation at Star Carr

Tuesday 13 September 2016

York archaeologists publish new paper in Internet Archaeology

Dental plaque sheds new light on diet of Mesolithic foragers in the Balkans

Tuesday 6 September 2016

Archaeologists from the Universities of York and Cambridge have revealed the first direct evidence that Mesolithic foragers from the Balkans consumed domestic cereals almost half a millennium earlier than previously thought.

THE Awards 2016

Thursday 1 September 2016

Sara Perry shortlisted for Times Higher Education's "Most Innovative Teacher" award for 2016

Star Carr archaeologists nominated for Angel Award

Thursday 25 August 2016

The Postglacial team have been shortlisted for a prestigious Historic England award.

Britain’s last hunter-gatherers discovered using breakthrough analysis of bone fragments

Thursday 11 August 2016

Archaeologists from the Universities of York, Cambridge and UCL have identified rare human bones from the UK dating to the Late Mesolithic era (around 4000 BC, just prior to the arrival of farming in Britain) using an innovative new bone collagen analysis technique.

York archaeologist featured in BBC Four TV programme

Tuesday 9 August 2016

Wood expert Mike Bamforth plays a prominent role in the discovery of "Britain's Pompeii"

POSTGLACIAL project wins top archaeology award

Wednesday 20 July 2016

The project has won a prestigious 2016 British Archaeological Award

University of York Professors Play: Banner Saga 2

Monday 13 June 2016

Watch Viking experts Julian Richards and Steve Ashby play the new epic role-playing video game

York Shortlisted for Two Britsh Archaeological Awards

Wednesday 1 June 2016

Star Carr and Internet Archaeology shortlisted as finalists in the 2016 BAA Awards

High altitude archaeology: preshistoric paintings revealed

Thursday 26 May 2016

Laser scanning of rock shelter in the French Alps shows ancient art

Matthew Collins Receives Niels Bohr Professorship

Wednesday 18 May 2016

Danish National Research Foundation grants 4 million Euro Niels Bohr Professorship to Matthew Collins, University of York

Hidden Voices: Excavations at Breary Banks and Malton

Monday 16 May 2016

The University of York’s Department of Archaeology invites the public to their end-of-year exhibition.

Scottish Iron Age Vitrified Hillfort Project (SIAVH) Begins Fieldwork

Saturday 7 May 2016

Excavations will explore vitrification at Scottish Iron Age hill fort

York Archaeology Postgrad Receives Funding for Work on Volcanic Eruptions

Tuesday 3 May 2016

Maurizio Gatta awarded the "New Research Worker's Award" by the Quaternary Research Association and the Andrew Sherratt Fund.

York Archaeology Partners with Military Veterans to Excavate Roman Fort

Wednesday 27 April 2016

Steve Roskams leads a field school for students and members of Operation Nightingale

York Archaeologists Discover Evidence of Prehistoric Cheesemaking

Monday 25 April 2016

An international team finds cheese residue in ceramic pots from the Swiss Alps

New Insights into Mesolithic Antler Headdresses

Thursday 14 April 2016

A research team led by archaeologists at the University of York used traditional techniques to create replicas of ritual headdresses made by hunter-gatherers 11,000 years ago in North Western Europe.

2016 Independent Research Fellowship Writing Prize

Monday 11 April 2016

£1000 prize for best archaeology/heritage research presentation

EUROTAST Project Releases Important Publications about Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

Thursday 7 April 2016

New dedicated issue of the Journal of African Diaspora and Heritage highlights work of York researchers

York Archaeology Ranked in the Top Twenty in the World

Thursday 7 April 2016

QS World University rankings place York Archaeology in top tier

York Archaeology Professors Play Far Cry Primal

Tuesday 29 March 2016

Experts on the Mesolithic review popular new video game

Star Carr on Digging for Britain

Sunday 27 March 2016

Watch Nicky Milner and her crew of students and professionals find the oldest Mesolithic in Britain

John Schofield's Research Contributes to Listing of Punk House

Saturday 26 March 2016

Schofield has "mixed feelings" after Tin Pan Alley town house with Sex Pistols graffiti is listed Grade II* by Historic England

Why did we invent pottery?

Tuesday 22 March 2016

Archaeologists at York reveal surprising new insights into ancient pottery production

Penny Spikins on The Academic Minute

Tuesday 15 March 2016

Senior Lecturer at York discusses what caused the spread of humans across the globe.

A new beginning for Egypt’s ancient capital

Monday 14 March 2016

Dr Sara Perry and her team from York are playing a pivotal role in a major project to give a new lease of life to the ruins of the capital of Ancient Egypt

Roberta Gilchrist Wins Award

Monday 7 March 2016

York Alumna Wins Archaeologist of the Year

Video Interview with Steve Ashby

Monday 29 February 2016

Steve talks about his research on Vikings, combs, and more.

Star Carr Excavation Yields Mesolithic Art

Friday 26 February 2016

11,000 year old pendant is earliest known in Britain