Location: Oakington , United Kingdom
East Anglia is among the richest archaeology areas in the UK, noteworthy for its Anglo-Saxon remains. The field school focuses on the site of Oakington (Cambridgeshire) and explores a fifth and sixth century cemetery first found in 1926. From three earlier seasons we have found 110 inhumation graves that include males with weapons, females with full costumes, two horses, and one cow. The aim of the project is to systematically excavate the extent of the surviving cemetery to investigate life on the edge of the Cambrideshire Fen. The project includes a public outreach component in the local village.
Period(s) of Occupation: Anglo-Saxon Periods
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire duration of field school
Room and Board Arrangements
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