Committed to serving the community by widening access to archaeology

As a registered charity with a heritage and education focus, we help people discover and enjoy their heritage. Community archaeology projects allow local communities and individuals to become involved in the preservation, investigation and promotion of their local heritage. We have been involved with a number of partnership projects with local community groups, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and other bodies.

We work with community groups and schools to develop, fund and run their own heritage projects. Contact us for more information about the advice and support we can offer.


Recent projects include:

Training SessionCommunity Archaeology Resource Review  A review of guidance materials for community groups undertaking archaeological investigations.

Ramsey projectRamsey Abbey Community Project Community excavation of the Medieval precinct of a former Benedictine Abbey

strands thumbnailStrands of Time Key Stage 2 cross-curricular workshops exploring genomics and archaeology

cvc thumbnailCambourne New Town's Archaeology Excavation of a Roman farmstead by secondary school students who also curated an exhibition of their finds

Duddon Valley Longhouse Project Volunteer-led survey and excavation of three medieval long houses

Jigsaw Cambridgeshire  Free advice, equipment and training for local archaeology groups within the county

FR CE 40The Romans of Fane Road, Peterborough Excavation of a Roman villa involving allotment holders and wider community

Plate 1Maryport Roman Settlement  Excavation involving volunteers, public site tours and school visits

sizergh1Sizergh Castle: Dig in the Park  Excavation and survey of a prehistoric burnt mound

Discovering Dorchester1Discovering Dorchester-on-Thames Project  A series of training excavations providing insights into the Roman town


For information on how OA could support your community project, or put in a bid to run one for you or with you, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.