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**Due to the rapidly changing situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) the Emmanuel Archaeology summer school is cancelled.** 

10-14 August, 2020 : Emmanuel Archaeology Summer School

This year Emmanuel will be holding the Year 12 Archaeology Summer School, in collaboration with the Department of Archaeology, from Monday 10th August to Friday 14th August.

Students will stay in Emmanuel for four nights, and the summer school will act as an exciting opportunity to discover both the academic and practical basis of Archaeology as a University subject at Cambridge. It will include sample lectures and seminars, workshops, museum activities and hands-on archaeology. 

Topics will reflect the breadth of the Cambridge Archaeology degree, which also offers tracks in Egyptology, Assyriology, and Biological Anthropology. There will also be guidance on admissions and interviews, and chance for students to explore the city of Cambridge for themselves.

As a subject which uniquely spans the Arts and the Sciences, Archaeology is suitable for students with a broad range of A-level subjects.  Participants are not required to be doing any specific subject at A-Level, and the content of the summer school will presume no previous knowledge. 

There is no charge for attending the summer school, but applicants must meet the following criteria: 

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • be in year 12 or equivalent
  • have achieved at least 5 A/A*s at GCSE or equivalent, and be on track for achieving the grades to make a competitive application to Cambridge

Priority will be given to applicants who meet the following criteria, though this is not a prerequisite to applying:

  • from the state maintained sector, particularly where they attend schools or colleges with a low overall A-level, Higher/Advanced Higher (or equivalent) point score and/or schools or colleges with low progression to higher education
  • the first generation in their family to attend university
  • eligible for free school meals and/or pupil premium
  • who are (or have been) looked after, accommodated or in care who will only need to meet the study year and academic requirements. 

Please note that we will not accept applications to the summer schools from students who have already applied to university. 


You will also have to arrange for two teachers or equivalent (e.g. a museum curator; not a parent) to each send a short academic reference commenting on your academic ability and your intellectual enthusiasm for Archaeology, Egyptology, Assyriology and/or Biological Anthropology to The reference should be sent as a Word or pdf attachment. 

Both the form and the references must be sent by the deadline of 17:00 (UK Time) 19 June, 2020.

Successful applicants will be notified of their place on the summer school by 24 June, 2020. 

 St John's College Archaeology Summer School 2016


St John's Archaeology Summer School, 2016

Comments from the participants of recent Cambridge Archaeology Summer Schools: 

'I enjoyed having the chance to learn more about archaeology and meet other people with similar passions and aspirations'

'For me, I enjoyed the entire summer school. I hadn't had much of a chance to explore many of the periods we did and it provided me with a new, broader perception of what interests me. The ancient languages that we explored were particularly fascinating'

'I loved the wide range of topics covered - expanding my knowledge. I also really enjoyed the fact that we took part in other activities that were non-academic as it gave me a feel of uni life'

'I enjoyed everything. I liked the dig as I had never done that before and it was an amazing experience. I liked the languages as well and all the activities and lectures offered. Everybody was really lovely and it was an amazing and memorable experience'

'I honestly enjoyed everything, the lectures were excellent and the atmosphere was superb'

'I liked learning about different topics within archaeology and talking to staff members about different careers they had and how they arrived at Cambridge in their career'


Zooarchaeology practical at Homerton Archaeology Summer School 2017


 Zooarchaeology practical, Homerton Archaeology Summer School, 2017