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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

The lottery-funded grant period for the project which we have benefited from since 2010 is now in its very final phase. We are preparing all the material we have gathered for permanent archive at Oxfordshire County Museums Service, and working on a book about the project which contains many contributions from, and sections written by, volunteers as well as the project team.

We have planned from the start to be an example of a community research project which finishes all the work it started (and we started a lot!), and leaves nothing behind which is unpublished, not properly reported upon, unarchived, or otherwise a problem for the future.

We are aiming to keep up high levels of interest in East Oxford's heritage and maintain a pool of people from our many hundreds of volunteers who are able to carry it forward into the future.

We are also undertaking an online survey about the impact of the project - this has gone out by email to everyone who has submitted their details using Sign Up on this website since 2010. If you have been contacted about this, please respond!!

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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. Since 2010 we have been doing 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...