Cost: Free

Archaeology, Community and University: The East Oxford Project

Ordinary Meeting of Fellows (Fellows and Guests Only)

Archaeology, Community and University: The East Oxford Project

Lecture by David Griffiths, FSA

This lecture will focus on the ‘Archeox: Archaeology of East Oxford’ project which Dr Griffiths has been directing with a £0.5m (mainly HLF) funding package, since 2010. This has involved the community of East Oxford in researching its own history and archaeology, in combination with Oxford University departments and museums. 650 volunteers have amassed over 158,000 registered hours of volunteer activity in excavation, map and place-name research, survey, collections research and creative arts. Two nationally-important medieval ecclesiastical sites, a leper hospital and a nunnery, have been excavated, along with a cluster of prehistoric pits and 75 test pits across the area. It has furthered methodologies for researching in built up residential areas, engaged a range of communities and groups (eg homeless) in archaeology, and furthered  the university’s outreach mission in less-advantaged areas of its own city.

The project was runner-up for ‘Best Community Engagement Project’ at the BAA Awards in 2012. The project ends in May 2015.

East Oxford Arch Proj

Oxford  University Vice-Chancellor Andrew Hamilton (L) with David Griffiths (R). Image from The Oxford Mail (16 July 2013).