York Archaeological Trust is an independent
charity, founded in 1972, which investigates the past for
the benefit of present communities and future generations.
Linking professional skills and expertise in the practice
of archaeology with broadly based background knowledge and
experience, it carries out carefully targeted and cost effective
archaeological recording, excavation and research for a
broad range of clients and partners. The results are made
available in a number of innovative ways.
The Trust is well known for its investigations
of the deeply stratified and well-preserved urban archaeological
deposits of historic York, some of which led to the creation
of JORVIK, the world renowned Viking centre. Over 14 million
visitors have been welcomed to JORVIK, DIG (formerly the
Archaeological Resource Centre) and Barley Hall. Through
them and other festivals, events and activities, the Trust
makes a regionally important contribution to education,
and provides an attraction for both residents and visiting
The Trust has an impressive
portfolio of published and ongoing work on historic buildings,
extensive landscapes, urban investigations, artefact assemblages
and environmental studies. Its specialist services - artefact
studies and curatorial skills, archaeological conservation,
publication and IT - are available to clients not only locally
and regionally but nationally and internationally.
Popular and more detailed
books continue to bring the Trust's findings to a large
audience and the Internet offers new ways of continuing
this tradition. The Trust's charitable objectives are also
fulfilled by supporting the work of many Community Archaeology
groups in the region, and offering training and education
programmes for all levels.