Susan Porter from MOLA pictured with children from St Blaise CoE School (c) Redrow

Bringing History to Life: Oxfordshire Students visit MOLA dig

MOLA team

We recently welcomed pupils from St Blaise C of E Primary School on to one of our excavations in Oxfordshire to find out about the rich heritage of the area and the exciting archaeology we’ve been uncovering there.

The site, which is soon to be the location of Blaise Park a brand new housing development by Redrow, holds some fascinating secrets about the heritage of the local area and our discoveries so far suggest it has been home to humankind for far longer than previously thought.

Susan Porter from MOLA on site in Oxfordshire with Redrow Homes and St Blaise C of E Primary School

Michael Smith, our Project Manager for this excavation, said:

“It’s really important to us that young people are given the chance to engage with their local heritage and we were delighted to welcome students from St Blaise C of E Primary School on site to find out about the exciting discoveries we’ve been making in their local area.”

We have been using a lot of modern technology on site including GPS equipment alongside traditional methods of excavation such as digging by hand. Our young visitors were really keen to get to grips with these different techniques and see for themselves what happens on an archaeological excavation. Afterwards they wrote up their findings as newspaper style reports, with one of our excited visitors declaring that his visit to site was ‘like travelling back in time’.

We’ve discovered intriguing evidence that hints at thousands of years of human settlement on this site. From potential Iron Age roundhouses to pieces of Roman pottery and finds that suggest a history of Celtic horsemanship, it’s fascinating to see the history of this landscape come to light and we’re looking forward to studying the finds in more detail. Head teacher Ruth Leach said that “The children found it hard to believe that there was much history right under their feet and that they’d been walking over it.”

The next step is to have the finds cleaned and analysed by our team of specialists so that further research can tell us more about the site. If you would like to know more about the Blaise Park development, please click here.

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