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Latest News
 (November 2023)

2023-24 SOAG Lecture listing updated

Our list of lectures for the remainder of the season has been updated. We now have lectures arranged for February, March and April 2024. And don't forget SOAG's December event which includes a review of all SOAG's recent and current archaeology projects, plus an end-of-year social. Non-members are welcome: it is a  good opportunity to get to know us.Click here for more details


We have one main field-based project in 2023: Smokedown Romano-British site.  This year's fieldwork runs through August and September. The documentation for this season is now available on the Smokedown project webpage.

We also are contributing to the
Kelmscott Manor Community Archaeology Project run by Cotswold Archaeology; some  activities in the Chinnor community; and the Cold Harbour Farm Survey near Wallingford run by TWHAS (The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society.) Click links above for more information.


SOAG has recently joined the Middle Thames Archaeology Partnership (MTAP) an umbrella organisation to coordinate archaeology activities in the Middle Thames area. There are a couple of MTAP projects this year of interest to which SOAG members are offered priority access. Click here for more information.

SOAG is one of the most active, independent archaeology groups in Oxfordshire engaged in excavation and landscape archaeology. We aim to promote an interest in all aspects of archaeology in South Oxfordshire. We welcome people of all ages and experience to take part in excavation, post excavation work, fieldwork and landscape study. We have a full programme of lectures by professional speakers and experienced members, and visits to places of interest.

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SOAG Projects

We try to have several field projects on the go each year. SOAG members are given priority for participation but non members are welcome to get touch to espresso an interest.  Click here for a description of all current and recently completed projects.  Fieldwork dates are listed  in the SOAG Calendar

Mobile Steam EngineLectures and Visits

We run a programme of public lectures, usually from September to April  The current  programme is available here.  We also run visits to places of archaeological or historical interest for SOAG members and their guests.  The current visits programme is available here.

SOAG Calendar

A calendar of all SOAG events, including lectures, visits, and dates for field work. Contact details are provided for each activity.

Get Involved

Membership of the group gives you priority access to all SOAG fieldwork as well as receiving our regular newsletter, SOAG Messenger, our annual journal, SOAG Bulletin and access to the Members Area of our website.

If you would like to get involved in investigating South Oxfordshire's rich archaeological past or would like any further information go to the membership page for subscription rates and to download a membership form, or contact us for more information.

Members Area

This area of the website contains information aimed primarily at SOAG members although non-members are welcome to enter the and browse the contents list (link to Members Area). Information to be found here includes the SOAG constitution, our accounts, minutes of meetings and social events, and access to the archive of SOAG publications. It also contains further information about some of our field projects. Access to some sections requires membership login.


Click here for a double sided A4 brochure which summarises SOAG's activities,, including the current lecture programme and also contains a membership form

The legal stuff

SOAG has policies in place for:


Child Protection

Health and Safety

Data Protection

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy