Thursday 19th January 2017 – Marlow Lecture: Discoveries at Thame, Oxfordshire

Invitation from Marlow Archaeology Society

A Causewayed Enclosure and later discoveries at Thame, Oxfordshire 

by Ken Walsh, Regional Manager, Oxford Archaeology South

During 2015, Oxford Cotswold Archaeology (a joint venture between Oxford Archaeology and Cotswold Archaeology) carried out the excavation of a site on the western edge of Thame. Previous evaluation had indicated significant archaeological remains, primarily of Iron Age and Roman date. However, the excavation also revealed a completely unexpected Neolithic landscape, including a previously unknown causewayed enclosure, one of only 80 or so known in the country. Following an apparent hiatus in the Bronze Age, an early Iron Age settlement was established at the site. In the Roman period, a number of droveways converged on the area and the presence of a series of corn drying ovens suggests that the site may have served to process agricultural produce from a wider area. Finally, extensive evidence of early-middle Saxon settlement was recorded, consisting of a number of sunken-featured buildings overlooking the valley of the River Thame.

photo courtesy of Oxford Archaeology

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Now booking: Spring Tour 2017

21st–24th April  2017 Spring Tour: Norfolk & area

The Annual Spring Tour will depart by  coach from central Reading at 9.00am on Friday 21st April and gets back at 6.30pm on Monday 24th April.  We will stay at the 3-star Hotel de Paris a Grade 2 listed building in the centre of Cromer with views over the pier and sea.

The sites we visit will include the oldest wooden church in the world and the oldest wooden building standing in Europe; 5000 year-old flint mines with the third highest land in Norfolk (a small barrow!); one of the most important Hanseatic ports of medieval Britain; a building described by Pevsner as “One of the most perfect buildings ever built”; one of the best preserved and most important 12th century castles in England;a rare survival of a Norman planned settlement with one of the best preserved monastic sites in the country; The largest city in 11th C England after London; a re-created Saxon village using experimental archaeological techniques on the actual site of a Saxon village and earlier occupations.

That is St. Andrews Church, Greensted; Grimes Graves; Kings Lynn; Castle Acre (Priory); Castle Rising castle; Norwich (cathedral & castle & town centre); West Stow Anglo-Saxon village.  We also visit Flag Fen (bronze-age settlement remains with 1 km wooden walkway across wet fens, also finds from the recent Must Farm excavations), Audley End House (decadent Jacobean house with Capability Brown gardens) and one of the finest surviving medieval barns in Eastern England, tree-ring dated to the mid 15th C with a breathtaking aisled interior and crown post roof, the product of some 500 oaks. There will be guided tours at most of these places.

To reserve your place download the application form here

A draft itinerary is available here (check nearer the time for updates)