THE WALLINGFORD BURH TO BOROUGH RESEARCH PROJECT QUEEN’S ARBOUR EXCAVATIONS, 2010. The curving stone structure Back in 2003 a geophysical survey detected a buried stone structure in the Queens Arbour meadow, jutting out from Wallingford Castle earthworks towards the River Thames.
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QUEEN’S ARBOUR EXCAVATIONS, 2010
Over 200 people came to view the excavations on Open Day.
The annual children’s excavation area was very popular once again.
Viewed from the spoil heap, the U-shape of the structure can be clearly seen.
A wall’s eye view of the excavation in progress.
Taking environmental samples. Analysis of samples from layers outside and inside the wall could shed light on its function.
There was a curious step at the front end of the structure.
This aerial photo has the approximate position of the 2010 excavation trench overlaid onto the results of the 2003 geophysics results. North is at the top.
Cutting through the stone wall in two places was a later linear feature thought to be the head race for a mill located further to the south. It contained many nails, presumably from a timber cladding.
Students from the Universities of Leicester and Kent, on their first training excavation.
The 2008-2010 Project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and is a joint academic venture between the archaeology departments of the Universities of Leicester, Exeter and Oxford. The project is run in collaboration with Wallingford Museum and The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society (TWHAS), and is supported by Wallingford Town Council, South Oxfordshire District Council, Oxfordshire County Archaeology Service, English Heritage, the Northmoor Trust, the Ashmolean Museum and Reading Museum.