Oxford Archaeology

Founded in 1973, Oxford Archaeology has a 40 year history of quality, innovation and service. As a multi-disciplinary practice, OA cover all aspects of the historic environment, providing everything from archaeological excavations and evaluations, through provision of complex geospatial data management and analysis systems to heritage consultancy services. Most archaeological work today is carried out in advance of development. Oxford Archaeology is one of the leading service-providers in this field, with thousands of clients who recognise their expertise in excavation and heritage management. Visit their services page for more information, and a range of case-studies. As a registered educational charity, Oxford Archaeology also care about helping people to discover and enjoy their heritage. They have welcomed many thousands of visitors to excavation sites on open days and tours, and volunteers have taken part in many of their major excavations.

Guildford Fire Station Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780904220926
Pub Date: 14 Jun 2024
Series: Oxford Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: 183
Description:
Excavations carried out prior to the construction of a new fire station in Guildford, Surrey, revealed a well preserved, in situ Late Upper Palaeolithic flint scatter. The site lay on cold climate fluvial sandy gravels deposited in braided stream systems prior to the onset of the Late Glacial (Windermere) interstadial. Typological analysis of the flint and OSL dates suggest that the scatter itself dates from the first half of the Late Glacial (Windermere) interstadial (c 1415KBP).
Road to the Manor Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780904220919
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2023
Series: Oxford Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: 88
Description:
Oxford Archaeology undertook a series of excavations in 2015–16 at Graven Hill on the former site of MoD Bicester, a large military storage and distribution centre built during the Second World War. The archaeological works revealed evidence of prehistoric, Roman, medieval and post-medieval activity, as well as finds relating to the use of the military site during the 1940s and 1950s. Ephemeral signs of early prehistoric activity were limited to stone tools, including an impressive Neolithic axe head, and a Bronze Age cremation burial.
Harpole Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780904220902
Pub Date: 01 Aug 2022
Series: Oxford Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: 119
Description:
Excavations at Panattoni Park, at Harpole within the Nene Valley west of Northampton, uncovered part of a Roman villa and evidence for preceding prehistoric and early Roman settlement. The earliest evidence was a Mesolithic flint-knapping site. During the early Iron Age or at the start of the middle Iron Age, a pit alignment was constructed running down the valley side.
London Gateway Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9780904220810
Pub Date: 28 May 2022
Series: Oxford Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: 101
Description:
Archaeological investigations were carried out by Oxford Archaeology between 2008 and 2016 within DP World London Gateway Port and Logistics Park near Stanford-le-Hope in Essex and on the site of a compensatory wildlife habitat on the Hoo Peninsula in Kent. Some 40 sites were the subject of some form of archaeological assessment, and of these, 16 contained significant archaeological remains or were otherwise important to the understanding of the area. The combined evidence paints a picture of life on the edge of the Thames Estuary from early prehistory to the 20th century.
The Patients’ Story Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 220
ISBN: 9780904220889
Pub Date: 15 Apr 2022
Series: Oxford Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: 111
Description:
Excavations at the site of the burial ground of the old Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, revealed the largest assemblage of individual burials yet recovered from an 18th/19th century hospital site in Britain. Founded in 1770 with funds from the estate of the Royal physician and MP John Radcliffe, the infirmary was rare in having its own dedicated burial ground. The skeletons span a short period of time, between 1770 and 1852, and comprise patients who had not been claimed for burial in their home parish.
Torre Abbey, Devon Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 299
ISBN: 9780904220834
Pub Date: 01 Apr 2019
Illustrations: 273 illustrations
Description:
Torre Abbey is one of the more impressive monastic sites in Devon, both as a ruin and as a conversion to a comfortable post-medieval mansion. Founded in 1196 as a house of the Premonstratensian ‘White Canons’, the church and the monastic buildings round the cloister were built soon after and not greatly modified in later medieval changes. Converted to domestic use after the Dissolution, the Abbot’s house and part of the cloister was for 300 years the home of the Cary family, and it continued as the home of their successors until 1930 when it was acquired by Torquay Borough Council.
Footprints from the Past Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 298
ISBN: 9780904220827
Pub Date: 25 Sep 2018
Series: Oxford Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: 72 tables
Description:
Excavations by Oxford Archaeology in advance of a programme of improvements to the railway between Bicester and Oxford investigated part of the south-eastern extramural settlement associated with the Roman fortress and subsequent town at Alchester, Oxfordshire, as well as rural settlements in its rural hinterland. The investigations at Alchester extended across two successive routes south to Dorchester-on-Thames, the earlier of which by-passed the eastern side of Otmoor and was superseded by a more direct route across the moor at the end of the 1st century AD. Settlement beside the earlier road may have been a successor to a pre-Roman settlement and appears from artefactual evidence to have been of quite high status during the initial, military phase, although no contemporary structural evidence was found.
From Bridgehead to Brewery Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 156
ISBN: 9780904220865
Pub Date: 13 Oct 2017
Series: Oxford Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: 200 illustrations, 16 tables
Description:
This richly illustrated book presents the fascinating results from a major project to examine the heritage of Finzel’s Reach, the site of the former Courage and Bristol Breweries near the centre of one of England’s greatest port cities. Archaeological, geoarchaeological and historic building investigations have revealed a fascinating story of change and urban evolution at the site. Naturally a tidal marsh, the area played an important role in the late Saxon defensive system protecting the settlement of Brycg Stowe.
New Frontier: The Origins And Development Of West London Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 119
ISBN: 9780904220803
Pub Date: 15 Oct 2016
Series: Crossrail Archaeology
Illustrations: 97 illustrations
Description:
Oxford Street, Paddington Station, Soho; these are some of the most iconic landmarks of the capital and famous throughout the world, but the telling of their history is frequently an aside to the story of the City - the birthplace of the Capital with its Roman origins,Norman citadel, medieval buildings and financial dominance. But what lies beneath the busy streets and pavements of the West End? Why are there so many residential squares in this part of London?
From Brunel to British Rail Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780904220797
Pub Date: 15 Sep 2016
Illustrations: 131 illustrations
Description:
Trace a line across a map of London and one will encounter many historic railways. Railways are more dynamic than people may suppose; over time stations are reconfigured, bridges replaced, tracks re-aligned. Sometimes, whole lines or tracts of land, particularly those associated with London’s freight operations, fall into disuse.
The Changing Face of London Historic Buildings and the Crossrail Route Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 152
ISBN: 9780904220780
Pub Date: 15 Sep 2016
Illustrations: 109 illustrations
Description:
Much of Crossrail, London’s latest railway, lies hidden beneath its streets. It is visible only where new stations have appeared and tunnel entrances formed. At many of these places existing buildings have had to be adapted or removed to accommodate the new railway.
A Roman Villa and Other Iron Age and Roman Discoveries Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 198
ISBN: 9780904220766
Pub Date: 27 Apr 2016
Series: Oxford Archaeology Monograph
Description:
This report presents the results of archaeological investigations along the 17km-long Gloucester Security of Supply Water Pipeline in the vicinity of Tewkesbury. The archaeological mitigation works were commissioned by Severn Trent Water; following evaluation of the whole route, three sites were chosen for excavation, at Fiddington and Pamington in Gloucestershire and at Bredon’s Norton in Worcestershire. The site at Pamington revealed oval enclosures of mid-late Iron Age date, that at Fiddington elements of a rural settlement spanning all of the Roman period.
Remember Me To All' Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780904220759
Pub Date: 16 Jul 2014
Description:
During the First World War, 250 soldiers were buried behind enemy lines in unmarked mass graves on the outskirts of the village of Fromelles, Northern France. They were among several thousand Australian and British soldiers who were killed in the Battle of Fromelles on the 19th and 20th July 1916, the first action on the Western Front to involve the Australian Imperial Force. This volume describes Oxford Archaeology’s contribution to a joint Australian and British government mission, under the management of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, to recover the soldiers and re-bury them with full military honours in a new Commonwealth War Graves cemetery in Fromelles.
The Archaeology of Banbury Flood Alleviation Scheme, Oxfordshire Cover
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780904220742
Pub Date: 23 Apr 2014
Series: Oxford Archaeology Monograph
Description:
This volume presents the results of investigations undertaken by Oxford Archaeology between 2003 and 2011 in advance of construction of the Banbury Flood Alleviation Scheme, Oxfordshire. The main element of these investigations was an excavation at the site of a borrow pit for clay to be used in constructing the flood defences. Geophysical surveys of two other areas that revealed dense concentrations of buried archaeological remains not subsequently affected by the scheme are also reported.
Down to Weymouth town by Ridgeway Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 303
ISBN: 9780900341595
Pub Date: 24 Mar 2014
Description:
The Weymouth Relief Road crosses an area of intricately varied geology and one of the richest and most important cultural landscapes in England, which preserves a wealth of archaeological and historical remains. Extensive fieldwork in advance of construction of the Weymouth Relief Road yielded evidence of Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age settlement and funerary activity, along with vestiges of Roman occupation.The main sites were located at Ridgeway Hill, located on the edge of South Dorset Ridgeway, at the northern end of the scheme and at Southdown Ridge close to the southern end.
From Mesolithic to Motorway Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 230
ISBN: 9780904220650
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2012
Series: Oxford Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: 110 illus.
Description:
Excavation in advance of engineering works along the M1 from Junctions 6a to 10 (between Hemel Hempstead and Luton) revealed significant archaeological remains of wide-ranging date. Important evidence for late Mesolithic and early Neolithic activity, including pits, was found at Junction 9, while later prehistoric features were more widely distributed but less concentrated. Late Iron Age and Roman features were most common, with significant rural settlements at Junctions 8 and 9, and further evidence for trackways and enclosures elsewhere.