The Archaeology of East Oxford: Archeox: The Development of a Community [Hardback]

David Griffiths (Editor); Jane Harrison (Editor); Olaf Bayer (Author); Katie Hambrook (Author); Leigh Mellor (Author)

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ISBN: 9781905905430 | Published by: Oxford University School of Archaeology | Series: Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph | Volume: 43 | Year of Publication: 2021 | Language: English 260p, H300 x W215 (mm) 222




The Archaeology of East Oxford

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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.

The book tells the prehistory and history of a formerly rural area on the eastern outskirts of Oxford which underwent rapid urbanisation after 1850, and is now an integral part of the city. The research plan relied upon engaging and working with the community to participate and to provide access to many study areas, and offered a comprehensive programme of training and education to all those who took part, ensuring that the work done was to an appropriately high standard. It has produced new insights into a number of nationally-important archaeological sites, gained new overviews of the development of the landscape, and brought out from obscurity many under-studied or forgotten finds in local collections. Fundamentally a project which sought to unite university and city, the contemporary story of people and their heritage is a key part of its message. Working in and among some of Oxford's most deprived communities, "Archeox" has been recognised as an exemplar of good practice in breaking down barriers to higher education. Over seven hundred people participated as volunteers, and the project reached many more through outreach and engagement programmes and events.

The book is extensively illustrated with many maps, plans and photographs, and is authored by 55 participants in the project, ranging from leading Professors of Archaeology to volunteers who are achieving published work for the first time.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Foreword: Professor Richard Bradley FBA Heritage and Community, Rt. Hon. Andrew Smith CHAPTER 1: Introducing the Area…………………………………………………….. Features (follow chapter text): Alexander Montgomerie Bell, and the Bell Collection of stone tools A stone axe from Chester Street The Leopold Street Hoard, East Oxford, and the Burgess’s Meadow Hoard Early Medieval Weapons from the Cherwell at Magdalen Bridge Two Stone Heads from East Oxford CHAPTER 2: Archeox: the emergence of a community………………………………….. Features The thrill of discovery Archeox at Boundary Brook Urban Nature Park CHAPTER 3: Investigating a suburban landscape…………………………………………… Part 1: Test-pit evidence Features The Oxfordshire Roman Pottery Industry Medieval Pottery found in Oxford Part 2: Geophysical and Surface Surveys Feature South Park: interpretation of the earthworks Part 3: Donnington Recreation Ground 2013: The excavation CHAPTER 4: St Bartholomew’s (Bartlemas) Chapel, surveys and excavations…………… Features Leprosy at Bartlemas Rickets at Bartlemas and anatomical dissection at Oxford Stable Isotopic Dietary Analysis of the Bartlemas skeletons Bartlemas: its chapel, hospital and landscape CHAPTER 5: Excavations at Minchery Paddock (Littlemore Priory) 2012 ......................... Features: Excavation of the Priory Church, 2014 Littlemore Priory Book Nuns’ Voices The patronage of SS Mary, Edmund and Nicholas at Littlemore Priory St George’s House, Littlemore CHAPTER 6: Place-names and the historic landscape of East Oxford……………………………….. Features The Boundaries of Cowley in AD 1004 Domesday Book and the Normans in East Oxford Improvement and Enclosure in East Oxford The Bath Street baths, St Clements, 1827-1879 Henry Taunt, a Victorian photographer in East Oxford CHAPTER 7: Conclusion: A changing landscape and community………………………. Meet some of the team: Chris Turley Christopher Lewis David Griffiths Graham Jones Greg Owen Jane Harrison Jeff Wallis Jenni Laird and Mark Viggers Jo Robinson Katie Hambrook Leigh and Gill Mellor Leslie Wilkinson Louise Bailey Mandy Bellamy Marcus and Charlie Cooper Molly Storey Northfield School (by Stella Collier) Olaf Bayer Peter Finn Phil Price Roelie Reed Steve Nicholson Tim Lee Thomas Matthews-Boehmer Valeria Cambule Will Hemmings BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX Online archive: DOI

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