The Wallingford Burh to Borough Research Project

An archaeological exploration of a key late Saxon and Norman town in Oxfordshire and an AHRC-funded collaboration between the Universities of Leicester, Exeter and Oxford, working closely with Wallingford Museum.
Welcome to the Project website.  Here you will find links to the various components of the three year (2008-10) project which has investigated the buried, built and potential archaeology of Wallingford, alongside re-analysis of documentary and archive data.  We detail here current and previous excavations, surveys and studies, outline the garden archaeology programme, and flag publications.
revealing the town's past

About the Project
Project Team
Pilot Work
Excavations
History of the Castle
Garden Archaeology
Events and Meetings
Steering Committee
Posters
Publications
Links
Videos

 

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Final Season

Our final full season ran in 2010 - see the outline of results and images at these two links:

EXCAVATIONS APRIL 2010

EXCAVATIONS JULY 2010

 

The photo shows work in progress on the large curving stone wall found in the Queen's Arbour, July 2010.

 

2011 trench rampart view2011 work - last big dig news!

Even after the formal close of the funded AHRC project, the team have maintained an active exploration of Wallingford, teaming up with The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society again for a two week season in July-August 2011 to excavate at the possible barbican site at the castle.

However, for once the medieval deposits remained elusive - but instead we uncovered fascinating evidence for a major mid-17th-century Civil War gun emplacement designed to defend both North Gate, castle and town. Notable was discovery also of a remnant portion of the late Saxon rampart, buried beneath the layered make-up for the Civil War platform (see image above). Clearly the scale of Civil war work (and later 'slighting') was enormous at the Wallingford castle site.

 

2013 update

  • The Urban Garden Archaeology Programme is ongoing - it has now reached 66 test-pits in and around the town. Wallingford Museum and TWHAS are going great guns in this exciting programme!
  • Since completion of the AHRC-funded Project the team have been writing up the overall results and discussion for a monograph to be published in the Society for Medieval Archaeology monograph series. The proofs have been checked, the pages have been set, the Index has been pored over and finally - the publication is out!  Details here With nearly 500 pages, hopefully this will show just how much was achieved!
  • A conference on king Alfred and Burhs took place in Wallingford on Saturday 5th October.
  • A new BAR centred on the castle is in preparation, due to appear in mid-2014.

 

WALLINGFORD BURH TO BOROUGH RESERACH PROJECT - SHORTLISTED FOR THE ENGLISH HERITAGE 'PRESENTATION OF HERITAGE' AWARDS 2010

 

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