Topic ID #30405 - posted 12/17/2013 3:42 PM

UK- Oakington Field School





Dates: June 16 – July 14, 2014

Project 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.  For 2014, we will continue our bioarchaeological research at the site’s cemetery (dated to the early Anglo-Saxon period).  We will also continue our excavation and careful study of domestic dwellings and ditches at the site.  This is a public archaeology project, design to engage the local community in the research at Oakington.  Students should expect that interaction between team members and the public will be enriching, complex and may, at times, be challenging. 


Academic Credits: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through Connecticut College.

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

Accommodations: Students will camp 50 yards from site in their own tents. A single, large marquee at the center of the site is used as a communal dinning location, public work/relax place, and provides shelter during rainy days. There are site buildings in the car park that operates as a lab, office, tool store and finds processing area.  The project is very fortunate to have access to the Parish recreation building. This includes a fully equipped kitchen, oven, sink and dishwasher. The parish installed a washing machine for our sole use. We have access to the public showers. Students on the project are organized into daily routines – cooking, cleaning (rec building), tidying (campsite and grounds) lunch, and washing up. This is strictly maintained and participation is considered part of the assessment process.  

Meals: All meals will be communal and will serve local cuisine.  This field school can cater for vegetarians.  Please consult field school director for the possibility of accommodating any other type of diets. 

Travel Information: There will be three alternative meeting points on June 16.  Students flying into Stansted airport (STN) will be met at the Costa Coffee in international arrivals by 2:00pm.  Students arriving by train will be met at the Cambridge train station, by the information board in the car park on the same day at 4:00pm.  If you prefer to make your own way to Oakington please get to the site and our project headquarters – at the Parish recreation building on Queens Way.  Please arrive at that meeting point by 5:00pm of that same day. Participants are asked to inform site director Duncan Sayer of their travel plans

If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email to the project director.  Local cell phone numbers and other emergency contact information will be provided to all enrolled students.



Visa Requirements: While some countries impose minimum passport validity for arriving passengers, there is no such requirement for the United Kingdom. US citizens seeking entry are required to present a valid passport.  For more information, please visit the US State Department Travel Advice page.

Health: For specific information regarding travel health issues pertinent to travel in the UK, consult with the Centers for Disease Control website.

Project Directors and Contact Information: Dr. Duncan Sayer, University of Central Lancashire, UK (; Dr. Faye Simpson, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (,


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