"As someone who is interested in Dark Age Europe, I knew that this would be the perfect field school for me. Before I applied I knew that I wanted to go into archaeology, but I was clueless as to what I wanted to concentrate on specifically. Learning in Oakington put me in the mindset of an archaeologist for the first time; being surrounded by likeminded people, and having the opportunity to excavate and learn from human remains first hand was truly a life changing experience for me. It has been the basis of my motivation to continue with my education, and pursue a career in archaeology. One of my favorite aspects of the program was its involvement with the public. The residents of the village were incredibly enthusiastic, supportive, and eager to get involved. Answering their questions kept us on our toes, and instructing someone else in what I myself had just been taught was an excellent way of solidifying what had just learned. Working with the people of the town was truly a pleasure, as it was working alongside the British and American archaeologists. I will certainly be keeping up with Oakington archaeology."
-Mike Murray, University of Massachusetts (2012)
"The Oakington field school is an excellent introduction for both inexperienced and experienced archaeology students to British archaeology, public archaeology and the archaeology of death. I was an American bioarchaeology student seeking to expand upon my archaeology experience within a cemetery environment and found exactly what I was seeking. During my time at Oakington I gained experience locating, excavating and documenting features as well as excavating human skeletal remains. I had the opportunity to survey using a total station, clean artifacts and remains on site and learn the importance of interacting with the public. Ultimately I emerged from Oakington feeling confident in my ability to be a practicing archaeologist. While the days are long and the work is challenging there is a lot of fun to be had. Cambridge is just a short bus ride away which provides access to shopping, good food and other tourist activities. The local pub is an excellent hot spot to grab food and a drink after a hard day’s work, and the best part is it’s within walking distance of the site. If you want to understand what archaeology is about or further gain archaeology experience I highly recommend attending this field school."
-Jeffrey Lynch, San Francisco State University (2012)
"I've been involved with the Oakington excavation for the past two years as both a perspective student looking to gain an insight of archaeology, and a student studying for my degree. The Oakington project is perfect for both. This project offers the opportunity to have a hands on experience of most aspects of archaeology but also the ideal place to make friends; the team at Oakington creates a family-like group. During my time on this project I have had the opportunity to help a team excavate a juvenile skeleton, an adult skeleton, survey and excavate countless ditches with a range in complexity. The amount of knowledge of archaeology and differing techniques has given me an advantage for my studying. I would recommend the Oakington project to anyone who is unsure whether they want to pursue archaeology and anyone who wants to gain some experience in a commercial style excavation."
-Dan McArthur, University of Central Lancashire (2012)