About the Project

The Oakington project is a multi-faceted research project conducted by the University of Central Lancashire, Manchester Metropolitan University and Oxford Archaeology East.

The excavation is focused around the early Anglo-Saxon cemetery of Oakington, Cambridgeshire and has comprised of multiple phases including both research and commercial aspects. UCLan involvement at Oakington has concentrated in a five year training and research excavation, which is due for completion in 2014.

This excavation project adheres to two main research aims: Firstly, Family Life on the Edge of the Fens; this area of excavation focuses on using archaeological techniques to identify the presence of Anglo-Saxon communities within Oakington and is based on the cemetery project and its wider landscape. In total there have been 124 graves excavated at Oakington, as well as 60 test pits and small trenches around the village to identify settlement activity.

The second research aim is titled, Bones without Barriers and is dedicated to the ongoing excavation of human remains without screens, which usually separate the archaeologists from the community. This also involves openly discussing the continuing ethical circumstances of the excavation and reburial.

The project maintains a successful community aspect headed by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU); with site tours, school visits and volunteering places available throughout the digging season, enabling the public to interact with the archaeology on many different levels. MMU also undertakes work within post-excavation in the form of conservation of artefacts by conservator Alison Draper.

This website is designed for those interested in the work being conducted at Oakington, and aims to provide information and activities concerning the ongoing work happening at this unique archaeological site.