Oxford University School of Archaeology

The Oxford School of Archaeology was established in 2000, as the successor to the Committee for Archaeology. The School is comprised of the Institute of Archaeology (located on Beaumont Street) and the Research Laboratory for Archaeology & the History of Art (located in the Dyson Perrins Building on South Parks Road).

Slade End Farm and Winterbrook Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 340
ISBN: 9781905905522
Pub Date: 14 Jun 2024
Series: Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph
Illustrations: 145
Description:
This volume reports on two excavations carried out by Oxford Archaeology on the outskirts of Wallingford, at Slade End Farm and Winterbrook. The two sites provide windows into the same gravel terrace landscape and together shed significant new light on the prehistory of the south Oxfordshire Thames Valley. Slade End Farm was repeatedly visited for settlement in the early Neolithic.
The Archaeology of East Oxford Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 260
ISBN: 9781905905430
Pub Date: 28 Apr 2021
Series: Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph
Illustrations: 222
Description:
Published by Oxford University in the Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph Series, this volume (no. 43) brings together the work of an award-winning, five-year lottery-funded university/community research project ("Archeox") on the landscape and history of East Oxford, part of the City of Oxford (UK). It documents field and geophysical surveys, archive and collections research, excavations at two Medieval ecclesiastical sites (a leper hospital and a Benedictine nunnery), at a prehistoric pit alignment, together with an extensive campaign of test-pitting which has given new insights into the Roman, Medieval and post-Medieval settlement pattern.
Sark Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9781905905461
Pub Date: 31 Oct 2019
Series: Oxford University School of Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: b/w and colour
Description:
Sark came briefly to prominence in 1719 when the Sark hoard was found – a pot containing Gaulish coins and embossed silver plaques. It was brought to England and disappeared. The Archaeological Survey of Sark began in 2004 with a view to studying the island in the context of Atlantic maritime networks to explore the themes of remoteness and connectivity.
Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 21 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 110
ISBN: 9781905905447
Pub Date: 20 Sep 2018
Series: Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History
Description:
A selection of papers on the Anglo-Saxon period, including papers on non-ferrous dress-accessories from early medieval Lincoln; The Anglo-Saxon settlement at Catholme, Staffordshire; transformation and use of insular mounts from Viking-Age burials in TrØndelag central Norway, and evidence from two rural Anglo-Saxon sites in Suffolk.
Gill Mill Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 916
ISBN: 9781905905423
Pub Date: 20 Jul 2018
Series: Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph
Illustrations: 410 illustrations; 168 tables
Description:
The valley floodplain landscape covered by the Gill Mill quarry, almost 130ha, was intensively exploited from about 300 BC at a variety of Iron Age settlements. The largest of these remained in occupation into the early 3rd century AD, but meanwhile a large nucleated settlement grew up around a road junction roughly 1km distant to the NW. This became the sole focus of occupation, covering an area of about 10ha.
In the Shadow of Corinium Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 552
ISBN: 9781905905416
Pub Date: 15 May 2018
Series: Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph
Illustrations: 97 illus., 64 tables
Description:
Excavations by Oxford Archaeology at Kingshill South on the eastern edge of Cirencester in Gloucestershire uncovered evidence for prehistoric and Roman activity. The earliest evidence comprised a pit dating to the late Neolithic period or early Bronze Age, and the site was also inhabited during the late Bronze Age or early Iron Age. There was a gap in activity until the late 1st century AD, when fields were laid out on the site's southern slope.
Horcott Quarry, Fairford and Arkell’s Land, Kempsford Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 552
ISBN: 9781905905386
Pub Date: 31 May 2017
Illustrations: 259 illustrations, 134 tables
Description:
Excavations in advance of gravel quarrying in the Upper Thames Valley at Horcott Quarry, Fairford, and nearby Arkell’s Land, Kempsford, revealed contrasting pictures. At Horcott, on the second terrace, there was periodic activity from the early Mesolithic onwards. A major earlier Iron Age settlement contained roundhouses and at least 135 four-post structures, suggesting an exceptional focus on grain storage.
Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 20 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 148
ISBN: 9781905905393
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2017
Series: Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History
Description:
Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 20. Early Medieval Monasticism in the North Sea Zone: Recent Research and New Perspectives edited by Gabor Thomas and Alexandra Knox. ASSAH 20 is based upon the proceedings of an international conference held to celebrate the results of excavations targeting the Anglo-Saxon royal centre and monastery of Lyminge, Kent, 2008-15.
Yarnton Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 812
ISBN: 9781905905379
Pub Date: 30 Nov 2016
Series: Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph
Illustrations: 452 illustrations
Description:
A rich prehistoric landscape was unexpectedly revealed on the Thames floodplain during investigations in advance of gravel extraction in the parishes of Yarnton and Cassington. This fascinating study examines this 2500-year settlement history and its changing landscape context on the gravel islands, silted up river channels and adjacent gravel terrace. The strength of the narrative derives from the longevity of occupation, but also the ability to combine and compare a suite of evidence related to house construction, burial practices, pit digging, craft activity, farming strategies, and interaction and exchange with nearby and distant communities.
Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 19 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 220
ISBN: 9781905905348
Pub Date: 21 Apr 2015
Series: Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History
Description:
Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History is a series concerned with the archaeology and history of England and its neighbours during the Anglo-Saxon period.ASSAH offers researchers an opportunity to publish new work in an inter- and multi-disciplinary forum that allows for a diversity of approaches and subject matter. Contributions placing Anglo-Saxon England in its international context are as warmly welcomed as those that focus on England itself.
Opening the Wood, Making the Land Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 600
ISBN: 9781905905317
Pub Date: 26 Nov 2013
Series: Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph
Description:
Excavations at the Eton Rowing Course and along the Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton Flood Alleviation Channel revealed extensive evidence for occupation in an evolving landscape of floodplains and gravel terraces set amidst the shifting channels of the Thames.The most significant evidence was a series of early Neolithic midden deposits, preserved in hollows left by infilled palaeochannels. These deposits contained dense concentrations of pottery, worked flint, animal bone and other finds, and are put into context by other artefact scatters from the floodplain, pits on the gravel terrace and waterlogged environmental deposits from palaeochannels.
Prehistoric Settlement in the Lower Kennet Valley Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 150
ISBN: 9781905905294
Pub Date: 31 Jul 2013
Series: Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph
Description:
This volume presents the results of two excavations on the gravel terraces of the Lower Kennet Valley, at Green Park (Reading Business Park) Phase 3 and Moores Farm, Burghfield, Berkshire.The Green Park excavations uncovered a field system and occupation features dating to the middle to late Bronze Age. Five waterholes or wells were distributed across the field system, the waterlogged fills of which preserved wooden revetment structures and valuable environmental evidence.
Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 18 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 180
ISBN: 9781905905287
Pub Date: 30 Jun 2013
Series: Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History
Under the Oracle Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 340
ISBN: 9781905905270
Pub Date: 01 Apr 2013
Series: Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph
Description:
Excavations carried out by Oxford Archaeology in advance of the building of the Oracle shopping centre revealed a long sequence of development of the Kennet floodplain at Reading. This volume reports on the substantial evidence recovered for medieval and post-medieval water management, milling at the Minster Mill and St Giles Mill, the tanning, leather working and dyeing industries, and an unusual building interpreted as the 12th- to 13th-century cookhouse of Reading Abbey. The stories of two well-known Reading sites, the Oracle Workhouse and the Yield Hall, are followed from the medieval period up to the 19th century.
Longbridge Deverill Cow Down Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 321
ISBN: 9781905905256
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2012
Series: Oxford University School of Archaeology Monograph
Description:
The early Iron Age settlement at Longbridge Deverill Cow Down, Wiltshire is justly regarded as one of the type sites of the British Iron Age. During four brief seasons of excavation between 1956 and 1960 Sonia Chadwick Hawkes investigated three enclosures and revealed the well-preserved remains of four impressive timber roundhouses. The Longbridge settlement lay within a landscape of contemporary Iron Age communities on the northern periphery of Salisbury Plain, and its particular role and place in this complex of settlements, field systems, routeways and middens remains tantalisingly obscure.
Neanderthals in Context Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781905905249
Pub Date: 30 Mar 2012
Series: Oxford University School of Archaeology Monograph
Description:
Excavations at the adjacent sites of Gorham's Cave and Vanguard Cave have yielded a rich combination of archaeological and palaeoenvironmental finds covering a timespan of over 100,000 years. This volume deals with the primary results of the 1995-1998 excavations at both caves. The 24 chapters by leading specialists cover a range of topics from information concerning the nature and sequence of Middle Palaeolithic Neanderthal occupations to the reconstruction of the environmental context of these activities, based on proxy indicators such as sediments, charcoal, amphibians, reptiles, avifaunal remains, and small and large mammals.