Investigate how we know what we know and why it matters.

Program Highlights

Discover excavation principles and techniques
Practice enquiry-based learning in archeology workshops
Observe archaeologists at work and gain hands-on experience with excavational techniques
Develop a great understanding of mapping, measuring, artifact collection, cleaning, sorting, counting, and drawing of artifacts
Gain a better understanding of the 3 phases of archaeological field investigations
Identify sample artifacts and describe their function, as well as interpret possible associations
Recognize methods archaeologists use to relatively date soil layers

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Session 1:
July 14, 2024 July 26, 2024

Session 2:
July 28, 2024 August 9, 2024


Oxford, UK
Oxford, UK

Course Overview

Feeling inspired to travel and learn what is under your feet from centuries past? This is a great opportunity to investigate how we know what we know and why it matters. Learn about a murder that happened hundreds of years ago and more about life in the Stone Age, discover how to excavate your own test-pit and report it, learn more about osteoarchaeology, burial archaeology, animal bones, watch archaeologists at work, and take part in the actual excavations! Return home with not just a true and deeper understanding of the importance of archaeology, but with new skills as well.

Meet your instructor

Shadreck Chirikure


Professor Shadreck Chirikure is an archaeological scientist who applies techniques from the hard sciences to study ancient materials and technologies.

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Topics you'll explore

Hands-on Learning

Take part in workshops and enjoy excursions to Stonehenge, Bath, the Ashmolean Museum, and more.


Real World Insights

Students will have the opportunity to meet distinguished speakers and leading scholars for interactive lectures within the University of Oxford's archaeology laboratories.

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