Projects


An archaeological watching brief was undertaken between November and December 2016 by Oakford Archaeology at No. 9 Verney Street, Exeter, Devon. The work comprised monitoring and recording on foundation trenches and associated works being excavated inside the existing building. The desk-based appraisal established that a number of buildings existed within the boundaries of the site from at least 1819, with these replaced by four...

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Between October and November 2015 Oakford Archaeology carried out a watching brief at St Andrew’s, Ashburton, Devon. The work, undertaken during the laying of a new floor in the nave, aisles and transepts, exposed wall foundations from an earlier stone church, probably built in the late 12th century, as well as seven later phases of alterations and additions. The early church plan is likely to have comprised a narrow nave, transepts...

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Oakford Archaeology monitored a geotechnical borehole survey in July 2016 by South West Geotechnical Ltd for Exeter City Council, at Rougemont Gardens, Exeter, Devon. The sequences of deposits identified during the survey, for the most part, consisted of rampart material belonging to the inner bailey defences of the Norman castle. However, boreholes 4, 6 and 8 identified a buried soil overlying bedrock and sealed by rampart material,...

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An archaeological watching brief was carried out by Oakford Archaeology between July and October 2016 during works at Milton Abbey, Milton Abbas, Dorset. The works inside the church revealed new information about the construction and phasing of the current church. The RCHME report has suggested a largely 14th century date for the south transept, whereas the excavations within the south transept have identified three phases of medieval...

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Oakford Archaeology undertook a staged programme of works between October 2014 and September 2015 during works at Knowle Primary School, Plymouth, Devon. Knowle Battery is one of the so-called Palmerston Forts constructed around Plymouth and named after Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, following successive invasion scares in 1852 and 1853. These fortifications represented the largest maritime defence programme since the...

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Oakford Archaeology was commissioned in 2017 by Jillings Heynes Planning Ltd to undertake a staged programme of archaeological work on land behind Liney Road, Westonzoyland, Somerset. The staged programme initially consisted of an archaeological desk-based assessment, which identified evidence for prehistoric and Romano-British activity, in particular to the west, east and north of the site, and a geophysical survey undertaken by...

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Oakford Archaeology was commissioned in 2017 by Placeland Ltd to undertake a staged programme of archaeological work on land behind Holly Berry Lane, Lee Mill, Devon. A geophysical survey was undertaken across the site by Substrata. A series of anomalies were identified including a possible sub-square enclosure and linear boundaries and the subsequent trench evaluation was targeted on these results. The remains of a large sub-square...

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In 2017 Exeter City Council required an archaeological desk-based assessment for Hurst Almshouses, Fairpark Road, Exeter, Devon in order to place the site in its archaeological context, and to provide an indication of archaeological issues relating to a forthcoming planning application for residential development. The desk-based assessment highlighted that the site was located in an area of extensive prehistoric and Romano-British...

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Oakford Archaeology undertook a community evaluation in April 2017 on the site of a suspected farmstead at Vinnimore Farm in the Becka Brook Valley, Dartmoor, Devon. The project was part of the parish of Lustleigh’s Parishscapes project and was funded under the Dartmoor National Park Authority-led “Moor than meets the Eye” HLF supported Landscape Partnership scheme. The excavation established the presence of a farmstead and associated...

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Between January and August 2016 Oakford Archaeology carried out an archaeological building survey on the Grade II Listed house at Staddons, Walkhampton, Devon. The large size and architectural features of the property reflect a large and prosperous farming or mercantile establishment in the 14th to the 18th centuries, and subsequent decline, partial demolition and subdivision into smaller dwellings during the 18th and 19th centuries....

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