I had always been interested in
studying history, but I hadn’t realised that archaeologists also study the more
recent past. It was visiting the department and meeting its enthusiastic
historical archaeologists that inspired me to become an archaeologist myself.
Seeing our undergraduates go through the same experience of discovering what is often a new subject for them, watching them develop academically and become confident and articulate graduates is the most rewarding part of my job and it’s lovely when they stay in touch and let you know how well they are doing in their careers.
York is arguably one of the best cities in Europe in which to live and work as an archaeologist. There is a great sense of community here, and the department is actively involved in researching, interpreting and informing the development of the city around us. Our work therefore allows us to show how archaeology matters to modern society and the future development of historic cities such as York.
There’s no better advertisement for our courses than our current students, and no better advocates for our research and teaching than my colleagues!