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The Oxford Archaeological Society is an organisation which aims to provide students, alumni and enthusiasts who share a passion for archaeology with a platform to discuss and learn about the subject. Founded in 1919 by Edward Thurlow Leeds, later of the Ashmolean Museum, OAS activities were previously the realms of the Brass Rubbing Society (1893-1901) and the Antiquarian Society (1901-1914) Notable archaeologists to have held the presidency of the society include Nowell Myers, Martin Hope, Kathleen Kenyon, Francis Maddison, Jeffrey May and Andrew Selkirk. The Society has conducted various archaeological fieldwork projects in Oxfordshire, including excavations at Mingies Ditch and Alchester. Since 2007 the society was involved with excavation campaigns at Dorchester-On-Thames, a joint project of the University of Oxford, Oxford Archaeology & the people of the town. Today, OAS offers speaker events presented by archaeologists from outside Oxford as well as those based at the University, social events and workshops, as well as boasting an impressive archives project. The Society might not be active each year and the website sometimes changes as new students take it on. Previous sites include this website and their Instagram account here.

Graduate Archaeology at Oxford (GAO) is a student-led organization for graduate students in Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, and Archaeological Science at the University of Oxford.

GAO organises workshops for graduate students as part of the program for the development of graduate skills. These courses have the purpose of enriching our skills in subsidiary disciplines of archaeology. The courses aim to give students the necessary practical skills to be more versatile in the field as well as in their future professional careers.

As part of their commitment to promote the exchange of ideas between the various fields of archaeology, they organise a yearly postgraduate conference. 

If you wish to get in touch with any of the members of the committee, you can find our individual email addresses via the link below, or simply send an email to

Society for Postdoctoral and Early Career Teaching and Research Staff in Archaeology (SPECTRA) is a community-oriented group for all non-permanent academic and research staff within the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford.

The primary aims of the society are to:

  • To encourage meeting and networking between Members across the School of Archaeology
  • To represent the Postdoctoral community at appropriate School committees
  • To promote the professional development of members of the Society
  • To provide the opportunity to learn from shared experiences and to discuss issues with them and other Members of the Society
  • To arrange team-building events and career development opportunities for the Members of the Society