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Archeox: The East Oxford Archaeology & History Project

Excavating prehistoric pits at Donnington Recreation Ground, October 2013

Archeox volunteers excavating prehistoric features at Donnington Recreation Ground, October 2013

Do you live in, or are you interested in, the east or south-east of Oxford? Have you ever wondered how your surroundings got to be the way they are? 

Central Oxford is famous as an ancient University city. But the history of East Oxford is also fascinating. We are looking at Prehistoric sites, Romano-British pottery industries, a medieval leper hospital, civil war defences, and also later development from a farming landscape to housing and industry. There is much more yet to be found out about East Oxford’s past.

If you are from, or are interested in, the area including Blackbird Leys, Littlemore, Rose Hill, Florence Park, Cowley, Iffley, St Clement’s, Marston and Headington, you have the opportunity to become part of a busy and enjoyable community project finding out about our shared archaeology and history.

Would you like to learn how to do geophysics, examine old photos for evidence or survey a park, meadow or city landscape? No experience at all is necessary.
  • excavation and geophysics
  • dealing with all kind of finds, maps and other evidence
  • specialist computer programmes and landscape surveying using the latest equipment.
Neolithic and Early Bronze Age arrowheads from Minchery Farm

Prehistoric flint arrowheads from 2012 Archeox excavations at Minchery Farm: drawings by Jeff Wallis and photographs by Gail Anderson

There is something for everyone who has an interest in the past of their local place. You can join in at different levels, whatever your age or educational background, for different lengths of time and to learn specific skills. 


The East Oxford Project wants to uncover the past of your area, working with local people. However ordinary your surroundings might appear, there’s a story waiting to be discovered.

If you would like to know more or if you want to get involved, please Register on the site.



Recent news

Posted: 5 Apr 2014
Bartlemas Chapel You will all probably remember that before the Project’s investigations almost nothing was known about the burials at Bartlemas. We know now that dozens of people must be buried around the Chapel, within the old curving enclosure...