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News archive 2020

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

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

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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"


Posted on 23 March 2020

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Please note that recruitment of organic residue analysis PDRAs are delayed due to Covid-19.

The posts will be readvertised at a later date.


Posted on 22 May 2020

Applications open again

The previously withdrawn vacancies are now live once more on the main University jobs page

Previous applicants should be invited by HR to revise and resubmit their application.

Closing date : 26th June 2020

Interviews: 15th July 2020

Start date: 1st October 2020