Fifty Years of Archaeology at Rewley House
In 1969 Oxford University Delegacy for Extra Mural Studies (now the Department for Continuing Education) appointed its first Director of Archaeology, then called Staff Tutor in Archaeology and Local Studies. The department soon established itself as an important local, regional and national provider of archaeology courses and conferences. It was also closely involved in the development of the Rescue Archaeology movement and organized a programme of rescue archaeology along the line of the M40 and on threatened sites in the Thames Valley mobilising its adult student faculty. Over the decades it has changed its provision to meet the changing nature and needs of British archaeology. It has continued to play an important role in the training of professional archaeologists, publication, the design of part-time degree and award-bearing courses, while at the same time extending its wider adult student base.
In the 21st century, most university extra-mural departments have closed, but Oxford’s has continued to thrive and expand its archaeology provision. This day school will look back at the past half century to assess and celebrate the department’s archaeological achievements, discussing in particular its involvement in field archaeology from the training excavation at Middleton Stoney in the 1970’s through to its recent and current community archaeology work in East Oxford and Appleton. In addition, present and former directors of archaeological studies, alongside others who have played significant roles in Rewley House archaeology, will talk about their work with the department.
SATURDAY 18 JANUARY 2020
9.45am Introduction and Chair
9.50am Archaeology in Oxford and Oxfordshire in the 1960’s
10.30am The early years: plotting and digging
11.45am Chair Gary Lock
Planning and the historic environment
12.15pm Professional archaeology at Rewley House
Anne Dodd and Alison MacDonald
12.45pm Questions and discussion
2.15pm Chair David Griffiths
Oxford Archaeology Ltd and Rewley House
2.45pm Excavations on the Ridgeway and in the Vale
3.20pm Questions and discussion
4.00pm Chair Trevor Rowley
4.30pm Community archaeology and OUDCE: Appleton and East
5.15pm Final questions and discussion
5.30pm Course disperses
6.30pm (Optional) Celebratory dinner
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Emeritus Professor of Conservation and the Historic Environment, University of Oxford
Coordinator, Courses and Workshops in the Historic Environment, OUDCE
Chair and SpeakerDirector of Studies in Archaeology, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education
Departmental Lecturer in Archaeology, OUDCE/ Research Member of the Common Room, Kellogg College
Emeritus Fellow St Cross College, University of Oxford University
CEO, Oxford Archaeology
Chair and Speaker
Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford
Dr Alison MacDonald is a Lecturer in Archaeology at OUDCE.
She received her BA in Classical Civilisation and Ancient History from Sheffield University (1989) and her doctorate from Oxford University (2003). Her research interests include Roman landscapes and Roman material culture and identity, and her fieldwork is in central Italy where she has worked on a number of landscape archaeology projects.
Course Director and Speaker
MA, MLitt, FSA, was formerly Deputy Director in the Department for Continuing Education and before that Director of Archaeology in the department. He is now an Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He has published many books on landscape history and the Normans, most recently a biography of William the Conqueror’s half-brother, Bishop Odo of Bayeux and an examination of the landscape of the Bayeux Tapestry.
Director of Studies
Departmental Lecturer, Department For Continuing Education, University of Oxford
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