TWO academics from the University of York have been elected to a select Europe-wide group of top academics.

Geoff Bailey, anniversary professor of archaeology, and James Walvin, Emeritus professor of history, become members of the Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Humanities Letters and Sciences in recognition of their international scholarship and outstanding research achievements.

The group's membership is drawn from across Europe and from all disciplines.

Prof Bailey is a world authority on the archaeology of prehistoric coastlines and submerged landscapes, and has an international reputation for interdisciplinary collaboration across the boundary between archaeology and the marine and terrestrial geosciences.

He came to York in 2004. Prof Walvin, described by Yale University as "one of the great scholars of the Transatlantic slave trade, and a pioneer in unearthing the history of Black Britain”, spent most of his career at York and still lives in the city.

Professor Walvin said: “I am to greatly honoured to be elected to this community of eminent scholars.”