South Worcestershire Archaeological Group (SWAG) was founded in 1981 by Peter Price, Philip Barker and Jan Wills. Originally founded to focus on investigating landscape archaeology, we have carried out a number of projects over the years. We organise field trips and visits during the summer, lectures and workshops during the winter (see Diary for further information) and publish a quarterly newsletter.

Peter Price (1922 - 2002)
Local archaeologist Peter Price taught evening classes in landscape archaeology, from which many early members of SWAG were recruited. A great believer in the capacity of volunteers to contribute to the study of landscape archaeology, he taught, trained, enthused and inspired SWAG members for 20 years.

Philip Barker (1920 - 2001)
Archaeologist based at the Department of Extramural Studies, Birmingham University, for many years.

Jan Wills
County Archaeologist, Gloucestershire


SWAG aims to encourage local people to learn about archaeology and history. We offer walks and visits during the summer and lectures and workshops during the winter. We undertake fieldwork when possible, including geophysical prospecting.


SWAG enjoys close links with the Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service (WAAS), formerly Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeological Service (WHEAS), which has enabled members to be involved in community excavation projects such as the Commandery and The Butts in Worcester. We have also worked in association with the National Trust at Croome Park over several years and with archaeology students at the University of Worcester.