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
History of the Castle
Garden Archaeology
Events and Meetings
Steering Committee


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Final Season

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




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.


2016 update

  • The Urban Garden Archaeology Programme is ongoing - it has now reached 83 test-pits in and around the town. Wallingford Museum and TWHAS are still going great guns in this exciting programme, with some very exciting finds made that add much to our archaeological understanding of activity in pre-modern Wallingford!
  • Since completion of the AHRC-funded Project the team were fully engaged in writing up the overall results and discussion for publication as a monograph with the Society for Medieval Archaeology. The publication is already out - ratehr good going for a major archaeological project too!  Details here on the monograph: with nearly 500 pages, this shows just how much was achieved! And reviews have been very positive too. We hope you've got your own copy! If not, to order, look here or pop into Wallingford Museum
  • A new BAR centred on the castle's history and archaeology has been published by Archaeopress in 2015, edited by K Keats Rohan, Neil Christie and David Roffe - a very important volume which adds even more detail (and much long lost data) on the castle's busy history; documentary and map and other archive research are to the fore in this notable volume.




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PhD funding for UK/EU students

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership is awarding up to 80 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) PhD studentships for UK/EU applicants for October 2018 entry.
  1. Submit a pre-application form to express interest in PhD study, or contact the School's PGR administrator (; 0116 252 2611) with any questions.
  2. Attend the M3C Application Writing workshop at Leicester on 18 November (view details, or book a place)
Funding application deadline: Monday 15 January 2018
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Research Seminars

The School Research Seminars take place on Wednesdays. Join us for tea and cake in the foyer at 4pm; the talk follows at 4.30pm in Bennett Building Lecture Theatre 10 (BEN LT10).

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