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Tinbergen Building, South Parks Road, Oxford

Bashford, Robin and Pickard, Chris Tinbergen Building, South Parks Road, Oxford. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In April 2016, Oxford Archaeology (OA) undertook an archaeological strip, map and sample within the footprint of an extension to the Tinbergen Building, South Parks Road, Oxford. The works were followed by a watching brief on associated groundworks undertaken between May and August 2016. An evaluation of the site had previously been undertaken by OA in 2015. The works revealed a roughly north-west/south-east aligned ditch in the western half of the site, and a configuration of pits to the east on the same alignment. Although the fills of the ditch did not produce any datable artefactual material, it is almost certain that it is associated with the Civil War defensive circuit, as contemporary cartographic sources indicate a bastion in the vicinity of the Tinbergen Building. The fills of the pits did produce 17th century finds, including a Charles I Rose farthing minted between 1636 and 1644, and a horse burial complete with shoes, the form of which suggest a late 17th or even 18th century date. Consequently, the pits are likely to represent pitfalls providing an additional line of defence outside the main circuit. The fact that the ditch was relatively shallow in comparison to other excavated segments of the defences may indicate a degree of truncation has occurred, possibly during the construction of the Tinbergen Building in the 1960s.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Oxfordshire
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:4635
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:01 Feb 2019 15:52
Last Modified:01 Feb 2019 15:52

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