In November we explored an enigmatic site whose history spanned the Late Iron Age and most of the Roman period. We revisited our excavations at the historic docklands in Liverpool and. travelling further north, the Roman origins of Carlisle. We then returned to Oxford for the excavations at the former site of the Radcliffe Infirmary which produced great insights into healthcare in the early modern period and beyond. 

The evolution of a Late Iron Age site into the Roman period

This #OAat50 highlight is a fascinating and enigmatic Late Iron Age and Roman site at Cressing, in Essex.

In 2020, just a couple of weeks before the first lockdown, Oxford Archaeology started excavations at Cressing ahead of construction for a new housing development. The Cambridge team discovered a large ‘D’-shaped enclosure situated on a gentle hill overlooking the Brain Valley.

Archaeology whack-a-mole...or the team excavating the granary building

Liverpool's historic waterfront

This #OAat50 highlight is an exceptional project we undertook between 2006 and 2008 in Liverpool.

Liverpool’s historic waterfront is internationally significant, crucial to an understanding of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century development of world trade, commerce, and the mass movement of people.

The historic docks and the museum

Discoveries on the edge of the Roman Empire

This #OAat50 highlight takes us to the very edge of the Roman Empire...

Carlisle Castle stands on the site of a Roman fort founded in the autumn or winter of AD 72/3 by the invading Roman army and named Luguvalium. The OA team made some amazing discoveries there that offered amazing snapshots of life on the Roman frontier.

A shoe from the Roman period found during the excavations at Carlisle

Early modern healthcare in Oxford

For this #OAat50 highlight we return to historic Oxford, where a major excavation at the site of the old Radcliffe Infirmary burial ground revealed fascinating insights into hospital care, surgery and burial during the Industrial Revolution and the Enlightenment.

The excavation was undertaken between 2013 and 2014 under a faculty from the Diocese of Oxford for the Estates Department, University of Oxford, in advance of the construction of the Blavatnik School of Government on Walton Street.

View of the excavations of the Radcliffe Infirmary, where the Blavatnik School of Government is being built.