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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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ACA to Close

Aug 12, 2019

ACA is set to close at the end of August 2019 after a wonderfully successful 13 years.

Wendens Ambo Community Excavations

Sep 05, 2018

Over the Weekend of the 18th and 19th of August 2018, a series of 10 1m square archaeological test pits were excavated in the pretty village of Wendens Ambo in west Essex. The dig was organised through the Wendens Ambo Society with money through the Heritage Lottery Fund and aided by Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA).

North West Cambridge Community Dig

Aug 10, 2018

Come and dig with the Cambridge Archaeological Unit at the next phase of works at North West Cambridge (Eddington), between the 10th and 21st of September 2018.

Northstowe Open Day 2018

Jul 04, 2018

On Saturday 30th June 2018 an open day was held at Northstowe for Phase 2 of the ongoing archaeological excavations that are being undertaken by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit (CAU)

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