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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

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

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

Sunday 1 January 2017

York student awarded prestigious scholarship

New Technique Developed to Study Archaeological Materials

Posted on 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

York's Martin Robinson (Department of Electronic Engineering) and Archaeology's Aimée Little, Samuel Cobb, and Steve Ashby and colleagues innovate research into dielectric measurements to examine archaeological artefacts. In an article in Measurement Science and Technology, they argue that it is possible to use these measurements to classify and identify the source of archaeological artefacts.

To read more, check out the article: Dielectric replica measurement: a new technique for obtaining the complex permittivity of irregularly shaped objects