New Archaeological Landscapes of South Oxfordshire

Course details

From £67.00

Sat 19 Jan 2019

New Archaeological Landscapes of South Oxfordshire


The landscape of the area around Didcot in southern Oxfordshire is currently being transformed by new development: house-building, infrastructure, gravel quarrying. The resulting archaeological work, some of it on a very large scale, is adding hugely to our knowledge of Oxfordshire’s archaeology.

We can now see that previously little-known areas were densely occupied in prehistoric and Roman times. Much new and important evidence for the early Saxon period has also been obtained. The scale of this work is giving us a detailed picture of long-term settlement patterns and landscape history across a variety of topographic zones.

This day school will include a combination of talks on some of the most important recent excavations, and ones which present a wider synthesis of particular topics. In this way, we will explore both the wealth of the new information coming from development-led archaeology, and the contribution which this is making to our wider understanding of Oxfordshire’s past.


Programme details


9.15am             Registration

9.30am            Changing landscapes – archaeology, development and

                        discovery in southern Oxfordshire

                        RICHARD ORAM

10.30am          Coffee / tea

11.00am          Great Western Park – a multi-period landscape at Didcot 

                        and its context

                        CHRIS HAYDEN

11.55am           Bridge Farm, Sutton Courtenay and Appleford – exploring

                        the Thames gravels

                        JOHN BOOTHROYD

12.45pm          Lunch

2.00pm           From the Downs to the Thames: Romano-British settlement

                        and landscape in southern Oxfordshire

                        PAUL BOOTH and PAUL CHADWICK

3.15pm             Tea / coffee

3.45pm            Power in the landscape: Anglo-Saxons between Abingdon

                        and Dorchester

                        ANNE DODD

4.45pm            Discussion and concluding remarks

                        ROGER THOMAS

5.00pm           Course disperses




Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £67.00
Baguette Lunch: £4.90
Hot Lunch: £14.00


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses



Mr Paul Booth


Senior Project Manager, Oxford Archaeology South

Mr John Boothroyd


Senior Project Manager, Oxford Archaeology South

Mr Paul Chadwick


Honorary Research Associate, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford

Mrs Anne H Dodd


Anne Dodd is a senior manager at Oxford Archaeology with many years’ experience of post-excavation management and publication

Mr Chris Hayden


Senior Project Manager, Oxford Archaeology South

Mr Richard Oram


Planning Archaeologist, Oxfordshire County Council

Mr Roger M Thomas

Course Director

School of Archaeology, University of Oxford

Dr Alison MacDonald

Director of Studies

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.