Aelfric's Abbey: Excavations at Eynsham Abbey, Oxfordshire, 1989-1992 [Hardback]

Alan Hardy(Author); A. Dodd(Author); G. D. Keevill(Author)

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ISBN: 9780947816919 | Published by: Lancaster | Series: Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph | Volume: 16 | Year of Publication: 2003 | Language: English 662p, H11.69 x W8.26, many b/w figs, 47 b/w pls
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Aelfric's Abbey


The minster church at Eynsham, Oxfordshire, was founded in the 7th or 8th century and refounded in 1005 as a Benedictine abbey. The excavations carried out by Oxford Archaeology revealed substantial remains of the abbey, tracing its history from its foundation until the Dissolution in 1538-9. The excavated precinct buildings included part of the Great Cloister, refectory, kitchens, cellars, domestic range and latrines. A programme of geophysical survey was carried out in addition to the main excavation in order to study as much as possible of the abbey's inner and outer wards, and to place the excavations in their wider context. The recovery of archaeological evidence at the site, combined with a study of documentary sources, has provided a rare opportunity to study in depth the development and economy of a major religious house from its origins through to its demise. This large volume is the final report on the excavations. It includes chapters on the stratigraphy of the site, the building materials, the small finds, animal and botanical remains, human skeletons, and a comprehensive discussion of the sequence of occupation at the site, from the Anglo-Saxon through the medieval and post-medieval periods.

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"a beautifully produced and comprehensive volume clearly laid out... [it] provides a significant contribution to our knowledge of medieval monasticism'"
Simon Roffey
Medieval Archaeology (2005)

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