Royal accolade for archaeologists

THE work of academics at a Yorkshire university to broaden the scope of archaeology has been honoured by an award from the Queen.

The Department of Archaeology at York University has been given a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

Introduced following the 40th Anniversary of the Queen’s reign in 1992, the prizes rank alongside the Queen’s Awards for Industry. They are given biennially for “work of exceptional quality and of broad benefit either nationally or internationally”.

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The accolade was announced at St James’s Palace yesterday, and it is the fifth to be conferred on the university in 15 years.

The Department of Archaeology has built on its reputation as the UK’s leading centre for research into medieval relics. It has acquired international standing international standing in the study of prehistoric and later historical archaeology, archaeological computing, bioarchaeology, architectural conservation, heritage management and landscape research.

As one of the most diverse in the UK, the Department of Archaeology at York is among the largest undergraduate recruiters in the discipline.