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Latest News (August 2021)


SOAG has a full season of lecture running from September 2021 to April 2022. Note that we have a new lecture venue for this season - Sonning Common Village Hall. See here for details of the lectures and the location of our new venue


SOAG had its 2021 AGM in April and has a revised committee. Go to About Us to see who we are.


SOAG has several projects scheduled for 2021. The first two, High Wood and Ascott Park, are now finished.  Two other projects later in the year, Smokedown and Goring Heath Landscape Study, we hope will be open to SOAG members and visitors. All will be conducted following the protocols of SOAG's policy relating to Covid-19 (see below).


SOAG has a conducted number of outdoor activities during the crisis and hopes to do so again soon. Mindful of the present COVID-19 crisis it is important that we protect our participating members and any members of the public we may interact with, and also obey the law. Accordingly, SOAG has a declared COVID-19 policy. See here

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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Roman Villa Excavation

NB: field work on this project is finished in 2021 we enter a period of post excavation work.  Details of the last two years work at the site can be found on the villa project pages.

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We periodically undertake other field projects. These may be full SOAG projects, such as our on-going investigation of a Romano-British site at High Wood near Henley-on-Thames or with other local organisations such as the Blewbury Local History Group. Click here for a description of all current and recent field projects. Fieldwork dates are available in the SOAG Calendar

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SOAG calendar - 2021

A calendar of all SOAG events in 2020, including lectures, visits, and dates for field work. Contact details are provided for each activity.

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Lectures and visits

The programme of public lectures for the first part of 2020 is available.  Visits to places of archaeological or historical run for SOAG members and their guests. The lectures and visit for 2021 will be published 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

The legal stuff

SOAG has policies in place for:


Child Protection

Health and Safety

Data Protection

COVID-19 Policy