Undergraduate Fieldwork

All BA Archaeology and Anthropology students must complete a minimum of five weeks of approved fieldwork to be taken before the long vacation of the second year. This includes two weeks spent on an archaeological training excavation organized by the Standing Committee and at least three further weeks on a project that the student has selected with the approval of their College Tutor and the Standing Committee. The Oxbow Prize for Fieldwork, sponsored by Oxbow Books, is awarded to the best fieldwork report.

For more information, see section 5.6 Fieldwork (pages 13 and 14) of the Yellow Book.

Read the excavation blog Discovering Dorchester to find out more.

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Fieldwork Forms

Send with the fieldwork report to the Undergraduate Administrator (ugsupport@arch.ox.ac.uk), by Friday of the eighth week of the Michaelmas Term of the second year. A second copy of your report should be filed in college. 

A grant is available for fieldwork costs and students may claim expenses up to £220 by completing this form. Additional funding may be available from Colleges.

Fieldwork Health & Safety

In accordance with University regulations, students who undertake fieldwork as an essential part of their course must complete a Safety in Fieldwork form before any work is started.

Please Note - you need to allow a minimum of six weeks prior to your date of travel, for the necessary paperwork to be completed.

You must also apply for University travel insurance and you will need to complete a  travel insurance application avaialble here.


PLEASE NOTE - please DO NOT hand the insurance form in to the Departmental Administrator (as instructed on the standard University form), but instead submit it to Ian Cartwright (Institute of Archaeology).  Your insurance form should be submitted at the same time as the Safety in Fieldwork form, which contains the risk assessment. Please also note that we understand that you may not be able to fill in your flight details at this stage.  That is ok.  Please let us have that information when you have it and we can add it to your form.

Risk assessments must be made for all fieldwork and overseas travel. The aim is to identify all the hazards and levels of risk associated with the work and identify actions that reduce the risk to an acceptable level. In many cases the work itself is not hazardous but it takes place in hazardous surroundings. In these cases the risk assessment should concentrate on the travel-associated risks. Where a risk assessment is not required (e.g. for attending a conference in N. America or the European Union), you will only need to submit an application for insurance form with a full itinerary for your trip. If you have any concerns, please consult with your tutor/supervisor or email Ian Cartwright directly.