Celebrating 50 years recording and collecting the archaeology of Oxfordshire - The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock - Saturday 10th December 2pm – 5pm

Celebrating 50 years recording and collecting the archaeology of Oxfordshire

There will be a meeting at the Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock – Saturday 10th December 2pm – 5pm to celebrate the event.


Welcome and introduction

Carol Anderson, Director of the Oxfordshire Museum

From SMR to HER: 50 years of archaeological records in Oxfordshire

Susan Lisk

The Oxfordshire County Museum Sites and Monuments Record (SMR), created as an index of all known archaeological and historical sites in the county, was first of its kind in Britain. The subsequent adoption of this system by every English county has led to a remarkable expansion of our knowledge of British archaeology. In this talk Susan Lisk summarizes the main stages of its development over the past 50 years

Susan has been the SMR/HER officer in the County Archaeology Team since joining Oxfordshire County Council in 1994.

50 years of archaeology in Oxfordshire

Julian Munby

Julian will review the rich variety of archaeological work undertaken by various people and organisations over the last half century or more, on sites and buildings in the county.

Julian has worked at Oxford Archaeology since 1990 and is Head of Buildings Archaeology. He has been involved in digging and researching in Oxford city and county since his first appearance on an excavation in 1963, and has published many studies on historic buildings and landscapes.

Tea/coffee and cake

The Tale of the Axe: How farming reached Britain

David Miles

The discovery of a Neolithic polished stone axe at Stanton Harcourt acts as the catalyst for David’s account of how and why farming developed in the Near East and spread to Britain. David will put local discoveries into the context of human history and explains how humans turned from hunter-gathering to farming and changed the face of the world.

David was the Director of the Oxford Archaeological Unit (now Oxford Archaeology) and from 1999 he was the Chief Archaeologist for English Heritage until he retired in 2008. His most recently published book is The Tale of the Axe: How the Neolithic Revolution Transformed Britain (Thames & Hudson)

Tickets £8.00 in advance from the Museum, includes refreshments

All proceeds to support the museum’s archaeology education programme

Tel 01993 814106 or email oxfordshire.museum@oxfordshire.gov.uk


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