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News archive 2020

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.

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”.

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

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