AN ARCHAEOLOGIST from the University of York has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

Professor Matthew Collins, professor of biomolecular archaeology and director of BioArCh in the Department of Archaeology, has been given the highest honour for scholars in the humanities and social sciences for his research, which focuses on the use of ancient proteins to solve archaeological questions.

Professor Collins said: “I am variously shocked, humbled and delighted by have received this honour,” said Professor Collins.

“I think that my election recognises the role that non-traditional research can play in the humanities.

“There can be few research areas transforming as rapidly as archaeology and I hope that I can help the Academy to champion it ever more widely.”

The British Academy is the United Kingdom’s national body for the humanities and social sciences, composed of Fellows who are elected in recognition of their distinction as scholars.

Professor Collins is one of 59 Fellows elected this year.

His election to the British Academy takes the overall total of Fellows to more than 900.