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Latest News
 (March 2024)

SOAG Bulletin 75: ‘Wyfold Grange Excavations and Research 2021-2023’ now available online

Wyfold Grange in South Oxfordshire was the site of a recent major SOAG field project. The final report is available as a special edition of SOAG Bulletin, which is now available online. Click here. Note that it contains 4 component reports, which are also available here as separate documents.

2023-24 SOAG Lectures

The last in our winter lecture series is scheduled for April 4th 2024, folloing our 2024  AGM.  Non-members are welcome: it is a  good opportunity to get to know us.Click here for more details.


Our long-running field-based project is Smokedown Romano-British site.  2024's  fieldwork season is likely to run through August and September. (The documentation for last season for interest is available on the Smokedown project webpage.).

We typically have severlal other short term projects each year which in 2024 are likely to include 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.

These are referenced on our Projects page and activity vdates appear in the SOAG Calendar

SOAG membership of MTAP

SOAG has recently joined the Middle Thames Archaeology Partnership (MTAP) an umbrella organisation to coordinate archaeology activities in the Middle Thames area. There have been several MTAP projects of interest to which SOAG members are offered priority access, and there will be more in 2024 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.

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.


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

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