9th January 2015:

Papers written by staff at Oxford Archaeology have been published in the latest volumes of two prestigious national archaeology journals.

In volume 80 of Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, OA East's Nick Gilmour and Richard Mortimer, in collaboration with Sarah Horlock and Sophie Tremlett of Norfolk County Council's Historic Environment Service, describe the results of excavations at Ormesby St Michael in the Norfolk Broads, which uncovered evidence for Middle Bronze Age settlement and field systems. Further elements of the field systems emerged through the work of the National Mapping Programme. Together, the results are highly significant, as they demonstrate that the apparent paucity of Bronze Age field systems in Norfolk is not genuine and that evidence for such landscapes is likely to more extensive than previously thought.

A late Roman burial from Dorchester-on-Thames in Oxfordshire is the subject of an article by OA South's Paul Booth in volume 45 of Britannia. The grave, found within the earthwork of Dyke Hills, contained an elaborate belt set and an axe, which is argued to be of early 5th-century date and relate to late Roman military personnel in Britain. The work was carried out as part of the Discovering Dorchester-on-Thames project, a community archaeology project and training excavation run by Oxford Archaeology, Dorchester Abbey Museum, the University of Oxford, and the people of Dorchester-on-Thames.

Click here to access 'Middle Bronze Age Enclosures in the Norfolk Broads: a Case Study at Ormesby St Michael, England', Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, volume 80 (2014)

Click here to access 'A Late Roman Military Burial from the Dyke Hills, Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire', Britannia, volume 45 (2014)