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Excavations in North-West Kent, 2005–2007 Print E-mail

One hundred thousand years of human activity in and around the Darent Valley

Oxford Archaeology Monograph no. 11

by Andrew Simmonds, Francis Wenban-Smith, Martin Bates, Kelly Powell, Dan Sykes, Rebecca Devaney, Daniel Stansbie and David Score

ISBN 978-0-904220-63-6


Excavations in NW Kent
This report presents the results of three projects undertaken by Oxford Archaeology in North-West Kent from 2005-2007, together providing evidence of human activity from the Palaeolithic and thereafter for all periods from Neolithic to medieval.


The Late Roman Cemetery at Lankhills Print E-mail

Excavations 2000-2005

Oxford Archaeology monograph 10

by Paul Booth, Andrew Simmonds, Angela Boyle, Sharon Clough, H E M Cool and Daniel Poore ISBN 978-0-904220-62-9


The late Roman cemetery at Lankhills
The late Roman cemetery at Lankhills, just north of Winchester, is one of the best known in Roman Britain as a result of work carried in 1967-1972. Excavations by Oxford Archaeology from 2000-2005 revealed a further 307 inhumation graves and 25 cremation burials, almost all of 4th century date.

Castle Hill and its Landscape Print E-mail

Archaeological investigations at the Wittenhams, Oxfordshire

Oxford Archaeology Monograph 9

By Tim Allen, Kate Cramp, Hugo Lamdin-Whymark and Leo Webley ISBN 978-0-904220-61-2


Castle Hill
With a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Northmoor Trust asked Oxford Archaeology to undertake a varied programme of archaeological research in and around Castle Hill hillfort, Little Wittenham. This was carried out with the help of local volunteer support, and revealed one of the most significant later prehistoric settlements in the region. Aspects of the story, including some key finds, are now displayed in Project Timescape at the Northmoor Trust's HQ at Hill Farm.

Bloomsbury Print E-mail

‘In the vaults beneath’ Archaeological recording at St George’s Church, Bloomsbury

by Ceridwen Boston, Angela Boyle, John Gill and Annsofie Witkin

Archaeological investigations, undertaken as part of a programme to restore St George’s Church, Bloomsbury, to its original Hawksmoor splendour, involved the removal of 871 triple lead-lined coffins from within the crypt and monitoring works within the churchyard. The elaborate named coffins of upper middle class parishioners provided a valuable opportunity to greatly develop the new field of post-medieval coffin analysis, and to integrate historical, archaeological and osteological data in order to build a vivid picture of this population. Over 90% of coffins were named, which allowed a rare opportunity to blind test osteological methods on 72 skeletons, whilst analysis of documentary and osteological evidence has challenged some long- held beliefs in post-medieval burial archaeology. Disease patterns in the St George’s assemblage were influenced by the longevity and affluence of this population, factors that also underlay the necessity for elaborate and expensive dental treatment, including very early examples of fillings, filing and dentures.


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The Roman Roadside settlement at Westhawk Farm, Ashford, Kent: excavations 1998-9 Print E-mail

Westhawk Farm is the site of a large Roman settlement established at an important road junction shortly after the Roman conquest. It was discovered and partly excavated in advance of a housing development. The settlement contained contrasting unplanned areas and groups of carefully laid out plots. Excavated timber buildings included circular and rectilinear structures and a polygonal shrine within a rectilinear enclosure. The main concerns of the inhabitants were apparently agriculture and market services. Iron production was important, but probably only of local significance, although the settlement may have had a role in the administration the iron industry. Activity at the site had declined greatly by the mid 3rd century; a striking pattern reflected elsewhere in the region but still of uncertain significance.

Oxford Archaeology Monograph

by Paul Booth, Anne-Marie Bingham and Steve Lawrence

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