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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. 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, over 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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Longstanton Community Test Pitting Weekend

Sep 14, 2017

On the 9th and 10th of September 2017 ACA with the Cambridge Archaeological Unit (CAU) and in conjunction with the Longstanton and District Heritage Society (LDHS) ran a community test pitting weekend in the village of Longstanton to compliment the results from the ongoing large scale CAU excavations at Northstowe.

Peterborough Cathedral Write up is now online

May 22, 2017

The final written report on the results of the CAU and ACA joint excavation at Peterborough Cathedral last June is now complete and online.

The 2017 ACA season so far...

May 22, 2017

We are half way through our Independent Leaning Archaeology Field School (ILAFS) season for 2017. See where we have been digging so far this year...

ACA have joined Instagram!

Apr 12, 2017

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