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Minchery Farm, Littlemore, Oxford – Geoarchaeology and Palaeoenvironments

As part of the Archeox Project's excavations at Minchery Farm Paddock in autumn 2012 trench 1 sampled a peat deposit associated with the line of the Littlemore/Northfield Brook.  This report by Adrian Parker and Gareth Preston of Oxford Brookes University gives the results of geoarchaeological and palaeoenvironmental analysis of these deposits which span the end of the last iceage to the Early Bronze Age.


Lithic artefacts from test pits in East Oxford

This report summarises the results of an analysis of lithic artefacts recovered during a programme of test pit excavation carried out between 2010 and 2014 by the East Oxford Archaeology and History Project, or ARCHEOX.  A total of 71 pieces of flint with a combined weight of 411g were recovered from 31 of the 73 test pits excavated by the project.  These finds are grouped into a series of 10 loosely defined test pit clusters. With the exception of a post-medieval gunflint and a Mesolithic microlith none of these artefacts is chronologically diagnostic.

Lithic artefacts from Donnington Recreation Ground

This report summarises the results of an analysis of lithic artefacts recovered during excavations at Donnington Recreation Ground, Oxford in autumn 2013. A total of 338 artefacts with a combined weight 1378.1g were recovered. Analysis suggests the presence of two distinct phases of prehistoric activity.  The first dating to the Late Mesolithic or Early Neolithic, and the second dating to between the Mid Neolithic and Early Bronze Age.

Radiocarbon dates from Donnington Recreation Ground

This document by Dr Seren Griffiths interprets the four radiocarbon dates taken on material recovered from the ARCHEOX Project's 2013 excavations at Donnington Recreation Ground.


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Lithic artefacts from ARCHEOX excavations at Minchery Paddock - autumn 2012

The MP12 lithic assemblage indicates a human presence on the site, definitely between the Early Neolithic and Early Bronze Age (c. 4000-1500 BC), and potentially as early as the Mesolithic (c. 9000-4000 BC).  This fits with wider patterns of inhabitation evidenced by archaeological investigations on neighbouring sites.

Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age lithic artefacts from the Bell Collection, Iffley Fields, Oxford

Made by Oxford based anitquarian Alexander James Montgomerie Bell in the early 20th century, the Bell Collection is the largest assemblage of prehistoric stone tools from the ARCHEOX study area.  This report is a summary analysis of the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Early Bronze Age elements of the collection.


A Gradiometer Survey of Donnington Recreation Ground, Iffley, Oxford

The East Oxford Archaeology and History Project conducted 1.8 hectares of gradiometer survey and smaller areas of static point gradiometer and earth resistance survey on Donnington Recreation Ground, Iffley in 2012 and 2013. The survey was the most successful of all of the geophysical surveys carried out as part of the ARCHEOX project.

Test pit 38: 19 Teal Close

19 Teal Close, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 7GU, UK

The Test Pit was dug in the rear garden of an 80’s house, built when the Greater Leys Estate was constructed. Prior to the building work a number of trenches were dug in the confines of the planned area of the estate as part of an archaeological evaluation and discovered evidence of extensive late Roman pottery works and one example of early (1st Century) Romano-British occupation (HER PRN 26336, Tempus Reparatum).

Archeox excavations at Donnington Recreation Ground October 2013 - DR13

WORK IN PROGRESS - As elements of the post-excavation process for Donnington Recreation Ground are completed they are added to the website here - WORK IN PROGRESS


Project Report Structure: The chapters of the report are contained in a series of linked .pdf and .xls files


Chapter One: Introduction


Chapter Two: The detailed reports on the excavation and geophysical survey

Chapter Three: The specialist reports

Littlemore and Blackbird Leys - place names and field names

Littlemore and Blackbird Leys - place names and field names

by Maggie Willis and Jane Darke

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