University of Cambridge Archaeological Field Club
The University of Cambridge Archaeological Field Club (AFC) has been in existence since at least 1948. It started out as a society where students could get together to learn from some of the most prominent archaeologists and anthropologists of their time and, as the name implies, conduct informal archaeological surveys in and around Cambridge. Today it aims to foster a tight-knit community amongst archaeology students at the University of Cambridge and promote curiosity, knowledge, and intellectual enthusiasm in archaeology and biological anthropology amongst members of university and beyond.
At Cambridge, there are four tracts within the Archaeology B.A. that one must choose to specialise in during their second and third years of study. These are archaeology, Egyptology, biological anthropology, and Assyriology (as symbolised in the society’s crest). The AFC aims to strongly represent all of these fields and encourage learning across and beyond degree tracts.
AFC holds multiple events including an annual garden party, speaker talks, pub quizes, and a recent debate on the renaming of the Haddon Library.