The University of York was founded in 1963 and has consistently improved its national and international standing, achieving top 10 positions in the major league tables for both teaching and research. The Department of Archaeology is housed in King’s Manor, a medieval and post-medieval building in the heart of the historic city. The Department is renowned for its expertise in the archaeology of the last 2000 years and in the study of the relationship of the academic discipline to its application in field archaeology, information science and heritage management. Major support from the University and increasing success in research funding applications have enabled us to expand our academic staff and to increase our range of specialisms to include bioarchaeology and early prehistory. The Department has a current strength of more than 20 academic staff, two experimental officers and a team of five administrators. The student body, remarkable for its vibrant international component, consists of around 250 undergraduate students and 65 postgraduates, both full and part-time. The Department gained a maximum score of 24 in its most recent teaching quality assessment, and is ranked 6th in the world for impact according to Microsoft Academic Search. In 2011 the Department was awarded a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education.