Department of Archaeology at the University of York

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Department of Archaeology
Kings Manor1.jpg
The main courtyard at King's Manor
Established 1978 (1978)
Type Academic department
Academic affiliation University of York
Location York, Yorkshire, England
53°57′45″N 1°05′11″W / 53.9624°N 1.0865°W / 53.9624; -1.0865Coordinates: 53°57′45″N 1°05′11″W / 53.9624°N 1.0865°W / 53.9624; -1.0865
Head of Department John Schofield
Academic staff 28
Undergraduates 300
Postgraduates 100

The Department of Archaeology at the University of York, England, is a department which provides undergraduate and postgraduate courses in archaeology and its sub-disciplines and conducts associated research. It was founded in 1978 and has grown from a small department based at Micklegate House to more than a hundred undergraduate students based at King's Manor and with scientific facilities at the BioArCh centre on the main campus.

Hosted organisations, research specialities and fieldwork[edit]

The archaeology department hosts several specialist organisations:

  • Archaeology Data Service - an open access digital archive for archaeological research outputs
  • Internet Archaeology - a fully peer-reviewed electronic journal for archaeology
  • BioArCh - a specialist centre using scientific and molecular techniques for archaeology
  • Centre for Digital Heritage - an interdisciplinary centre studying computer-based approaches to heritage. Working with the universities of Aarhus (Denmark), Leiden (Netherlands), Lund (Sweden), Uppsala (Sweden).
  • The Post Hole - is an archaeology journal run by students.[1]

The department's faculty has led significant archaeological investigations across Great Britain and occasionally further afield

Site Image Location Period(s) Director(s) Years excavated
Star Carr View of Star Carr site looking NWW..jpg North Yorkshire Mesolithic Chantal Conneller (Manchester) Nicky Milner, Barry Taylor (Chester) 2003-2015[2]
Castell Henllys Chevaux de frise at Castell Henllys - - 1473448.jpg Pembrokeshire Iron Age Harold Mytum
Sutton Hoo Sutton Hoo burial ground 4.jpg Suffolk Anglo-Saxon Martin Carver 1983-1992
Wharram Percy Wharram Percy Geograph.jpg East Yorkshire Medieval Philip Rahtz (among others) 1950-1990


Micklegate House; the department's first building[3]
The main entrance to King's Manor

The department opened in 1978, 15 years after the university itself. The first head of department, Philip Rahtz built a thematic undergraduate programme specialising in the British Middle Ages. The programme included a 12-week field course in archaeological excavation.[3] The department expanded under Martin Carver after his appointment in 1986. A postgraduate programme was added and the department moved to King's Manor. Subsequently, the department has grown in numbers of students, staff and the diversity of its specialisms: adding environmental archaeology, prehistory, computational archaeology, archaeological science and cultural heritage management.[3]


Head of Department:

  • John Schofield

Deputy Head of Department:


  • Michelle Alexander
  • Steve Ashby
  • Penny Bickle
  • Gill Chitty
  • Samuel Cobb
  • Matthew Collins
  • André Colonese
  • Oliver Craig
  • Phil Cox
  • Mark Edmonds
  • Jonathan Finch
  • Laura Fitton
  • Kate Giles
  • Malin Holst
  • Aimée Little
  • Aleksandra McClain
  • Nicky Milner
  • Colleen Morgan
  • Paul O'Higgins
  • David Orton
  • Sara Perry
  • Julian D. Richards
  • Steve Roskams
  • Camilla Speller
  • Penny Spikins
  • Kevin Walsh
  • Stephanie Wynne-Jones

Honorary and visiting staff:

Former faculty[edit]

Heads of department:


Rankings and awards[edit]

Amongst archaeology departments, York ranked 2nd for Impact, 2nd equal for Environment, and 4th overall in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise.[11] In the 2015 University Subject Tables, the department was ranked 6th out of 40 with a score of 92.6%.[12] The Department was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2011[13]


  1. ^ "The Post Hole". Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Recent Excavations". Star Carr website. Star Carr archaeology project. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "History of the Department". Department of Archaeology Website. University of York. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "York & Antiquity". Martin Carver retirement website. Heritage Technology. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Landscapes of change: rural ... – Google Books. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  6. ^ " – Time Team – Meet the Team – Helen Geake". Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Professor Roberta Gilchrist – University of Reading". Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "IMDB Greg Jenner". Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "About " Ritmeyer Archaeological Design". Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Past postgraduate theses". Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "REF 2014". HEFCE. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "University Subject Tables - Archaeology". Subject Tables. The Complete University Guide. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Previous Prize-winners". Queen's Anniversary Trust website. The Royal Anniversary Trust. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 

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