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Westgate Oxford: Initial Results from Oxford’s Largest Excavation - a prehistoric floodplain, a medieval friary, Civil War defences and Victorian terraces

THE TOM HASSALL LECTURE

Lecturer: Ben Ford
Date: February 6th 2018
Time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Place: Rewley House

In 2016 Westgate Oxford won 'Archaeological Project of the Year'. This richly illustrated talk will bring you up to date with ongoing work from the largest archaeological endeavour to have been undertake in the City of Oxford. It will explore the changing landscape on the southern edge of the Oxford promontory where the city meets the Thames floodplain, and how it was used and changed by human and natural action over the last 3000 years. The talk will touch on possible prehistoric and Saxon activity, discuss the extensive structural and artefactual remains of the Greyfriars complex (1244 - 1538), and reveal evidence from the Civil War and the Victorian terraces of St Ebbes.

Ben Ford, Director of the Westgate Oxford Excavations, is a Senior Project Manager at Oxford Archaeology, who for the last 20 years has specialised in the excavation of urban environments, a passion that was first ignited whilst scampering around on the Roman bath-house excavations at an early age in his home town of Dorchester in Dorset. Since then Ben has led many of the largest excavations to have taken place in some of Southern England’s most significant towns and cities, including Bristol, Reading, Winchester and Oxford, as well as undertaking large-scale investigations at Hampton Court Palace, the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, and Montpellier in southern France.

Rewley House

The Society's speaker meetings and committee meetings are held in Rewley House, Oxford (marked R).

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There are metered parking spaces on the west and north sides of Wellington Square. More spaces are normally available on the west side of St Giles where it joins Woodstock Road. From here it is only a short walk down Little Clarendon Street and across Wellington Square to Rewley House.

Parking in Wellington Square is charged until 6.30p.m. and costs £3.00 for up to one hour and £5.00 for up to two. Park and Ride buses from Water Eaton, Pear Tree and Redbridge stop at the top of St Giles, a short distance from Rewley House.


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