Taught course

Material Culture and Experimental Archaeology

University of York · Department of Archaeology

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (upper second or first class) in archaeology, anthropology or a related field (or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution).

Months of entry


Course content

Material culture - the study of archaeological material remains - is at the very heart of archaeology. Studying objects gives you a route into any field you choose, and the combination of theory, analysis and experimentation makes this course unique. Experimental archaeology gives us new insights into the processes involved in the production, use, discard and deterioration of material culture.

This course interweaves practical and theoretical approaches to material culture. You'll explore the theory underpinning our understanding of the material world through ethnoarchaeological studies while developing invaluable practical skills: from analysis of use-wear and residue traces, building reference collections, to making short documentaries for the heritage sector.

Information for international students

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components
  • PTE: 61, with a minimum of 61 in Writing and no less than 55 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with a minimum of 176 in Writing and no less than 169 in all other components
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 23 in Writing and a minimum of 21 in all other components
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Aimée Little
+44 (0)1904 323997