The Forensic Science Group at Cranfield University (Shrivenham) in collaboration with Ogbourne St Andrew History Group carried out an archaeological dig in the field to the west of St Andrew’s church, where suspected mediaeval remains had been detected (see Geophysical Survey).
The main (tentative) conclusion was that the remains are probably mediaeval but might reflect earlier structures, possibly even Roman. The site is of obvious significance and impressive size. Finds of mediaeval pottery and tile fragments together with animal bones and a fragment of glass cullet (waste associated with glass production) were poorly stratified, leading to difficulty in dating or "phasing" of the site. There is clear evidence of destruction (or de-
Considerable effort remains in identifying, indexing and dating the finds, with the results eventually appearing in an additional report.
As an additional line of research, Prof. Bob Stone of Birmingham University and his team are producing a 3-
Looking to the future, Cranfield are very keen to revisit the site, given that less than 2% of the area has been investigated. Ogbourne St Andrew History Group intend extending their archive research to underpin the archaeological effort.
Bruce Fox 01672 512867 0790 594 9774
Roger Harris 01672 514162 0787 983 8711
Marion Gordon Finlayson 01672 512125
Karl Harrison 01793 314522 0797 038 8714 (lead supervisor)