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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - UK - Oakington Field School - 2014

Europe - UK - Oakington Field School - 2014

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2014-06-16
End Date 2014-07-14

Archaeology Field School Location


Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Institute for Field Research, University of Central Lancashire, Manchester Metropolitan University

Academic Credit

Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through our academic partner, Connecticut College. Connecticut College is a private, highly ranked liberal arts institution. Students will receive a letter grade for attending this field school (see grading assessment and matrix, below). This field school provides a minimum of 192 direct instructional hours.

Archaeology Field School Tuition

$4,650; includes tuition, cost of credit units, and room & board.

Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Fee includes registration, accommodations, program activities, meals on workdays, and health insurance. Airfare, weekend meals and optional excursions are additional.

Archaeology Field School Description

The Oakington Project is a multidisciplinary research effort that focuses on life during the Early, Middle and Late Anglo-Saxon Periods (ca. CE 450-1,000). The project has three research components that are designed to produce a nuanced understanding of Oakington, the relationships of its inhabitants with their environment, each other, death and their dead. This is a public archaeology project and community involvement includes research questions focused around the engaging of local people in research activity as a central focus of our activities.
Family life on the edge of the Fen This component involves the excavation of the Oakington cemetery, the main focus of our 2010-2013 activity. In 2014 we will be excavating adjacent to the 2013 trench and a trench with human remains found 2007. There is good possibility that the cemetery will continue into this area although the main focus of 2014 will be settlement evidence. The cemetery is dated to the early Anglo-Saxon period (CE 450-600) and patterns recognized here will inform us about the nature of family life and community development prior to the establishment of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms (ca. CE 600). Research activity will include excavation and documentation of burial layout, chronology, grave goods and physical anthropological studies of human remains.
Middle and Late Saxon landscapes This component involves the critical study of historical narratives, combining the use of historical documents and archaeological data. Historical records suggest that Oakington begun its life as a central place in the tribal hierarchy but was later marginalized and delegated to the fringes of the Anglo-Saxton Kingdoms. Research activity will focus on the excavation and careful study of domestic dwellings and ditches at the site. Earlier studies at Oakington indicate that the surviving village layout preserves the ancient lived environment and that careful investigation of its chronology may provide important insights into the evolving landscape.
Bones without Barriers This is the public archaeology component of the project, design to engage the local community in the research at Oakington. The project secured special permission from the UK government to excavate burials and exhume human remains without the use of screens, thus making our work visible and present to members of the community. In addition, the project holds a large local event during the excavation season, invites school and club visits, and welcomes individual visitors to the site on a daily basis. This unique configuration encourages community engagement and provides continued interaction between the archaeologists and members of the public. Students should expect that interaction between members of the public excavated archaeological features will be complex and at times challenging.
This field school includes intensive and rewarding work days (10 hour days) on an active public archaeology research project. Because of our deep commitment to archaeology as a public good we must become part of the community fabric, and so work during weekends to include as many people as possible. Students will get Monday as their day off and can take advantage of the good transport links into Cambridge.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Time Period

Early, Middle and Late Anglo-Saxon Periods

What is the daily schedule for the field school


Directors and Instructors

Dr. Duncan Sayer, University of Central Lancashire, UK (; Dr. Faye Simpson, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (,

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

This module will develop knowledge of archaeological fieldwork as undertaken within the framework of three disciplines: archaeology, anthropology and history. Students will develop the skills needed to contribute to research excavations under some supervision.
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
? Demonstrate basic understanding of archaeological techniques in the field
? Carry out basic excavation tasks independently
? Record archaeological contexts though planning and written records
? Process archaeological finds and recognize the major artifact groups
? Working as part of a team and independently

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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