Excavation at the Roche des Poignards Rock Art site

Prehistory & Human Evolution


Research in Prehistory & Human Evolution at York takes us from our primate ancestors to the emergence of the first states. Our work around the world drives debate about early hominid evolution, colonization and cognition, about landscape and the environment, and about material culture and identity.

At York, we place a particular emphasis upon the development and application of innovative analytical technologies to major archaeological questions; from Palaeolithic art and the perception of landscape to domestication and the prehistory of cuisine. 

York also specialises in Coastal Prehistory and in 2002 Geoff Bailey and  colleagues began three projects to develop new methods and acquire new information about the nature of early coastlines and human use of coastal and marine resources. These early projects have since led to further world-leading research investigating prehistoric coastlines and coastal settlement though excavation of coastal archaeological sites, investment in new methods of palaeodietary analysis, and with increasing emphasis, the exploration of the now submerged landscapes that were drowned by sea level rise at the end of the last glacial period.

Research Projects


Coastal Prehistory



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Prof. Nicky Milner

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