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Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA)

Access Cambridge Archaeology is an outreach unit within the Division of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, based in the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. The primary aim of Access Cambridge Archaeology is to enhance educational, economic and social well-being through active participation in archaeology. It seeks to achieve this by running novel, fun and challenging activities for members of the public, including school pupils, to develop new skills and confidence; raise their educational aspirations, boost their academic performance; enjoy learning for the love of it; take part in new archaeological excavations and make new discoveries about themselves and the world around them. Since ACA was set up in 2004, around 10,000 people have got involved in ACA activities through their schools, local communities or hobbies, working alongside experts from the University of Cambridge to explore the past and build for the future.


School Activities

ACA offers a range of exciting and inspirational activities aimed at school students which use new knowledge, ideas and approaches from the multi-disciplinary subject of archaeology to raise educational achievement and aspirations in practical hands-on activities.

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Community & Public Archaeology

ACA helps to develop and run a wide range of heritage-related activities in, for and with local communities, including field-walking, test-pit digging and larger excavations.

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St Johns Summer School

Aug 03, 2016

ACA with the CAU were involved with the practical excavation training for 43 sixth-form students attending a summer school hosted by St Johns College. The excavations themselves took place in Jesus College where a total of five 1m square test pits were opened.

ACA Excavations at Peterborough Cathedral

Jul 08, 2016

A summary of the ACA and the CAU led recent community excavations at Peterborough Cathedral

Volunteering at Peterborough Cathedral Excavatioins

Mar 31, 2016

Volunteers are wanted to help excavate at Peterborough Cathedral this summer between 22nd June and 3rd July. The dig is open to people of all ages and abilities and priority will be given to those who live in and around Peterborough, on a first come first served basis.

MSRG Spring Conference 2016

Mar 04, 2016

Medieval Settlement Research Group 30th Anniversary Spring Conference: 29th April to 1st May at the University of Lincoln.

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