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Medieval Mason's Marks

Medieval Masons Marks

Completed SOAG projects

The following is a selection of fieldwork projects completed by SOAG.


Ewelme Hundred VCH project

Victoria County History (Oxfordshire) were currently researching the history of the parishes of the Ewelme Hundred. SOAG were partners in this project. See our Ewelme Hundred VCH project page for more information.
Group Photograph in Rain
Blewbury Big Dig
Blewbury runs a village archaeology programme in which SOAG are partners, and to which SOAG members (and others) are invited to participate. For more information about the project see the project website. Fieldwork dates are advertised in the SOAG calendar, and to participate email blewbury@soagarch.org.uk.
Blewbury: Quaker Wood
A short series of non-intrusive archaeological surveys was conducted by SOAG on a field being acquired for plantation of a new wood. The aim of the surveys was to see if any trace of the Quaker Meeting House that is marked on an 1805 map, or any burials associated with it, could be found. Part of the field was subject to geophysical surveying, combined with fieldwalking and metal detecting. A scattering of masonry on the field surface is evidence for a building in the expected location of the Meeting House. No new evidence of burials was found but metal detecting found evidence of human activity at the site from Roman times,and one find has potential connection to the Quaker movement. Click here to download a report.
For more information email: blewbury@soagarch.org.uk.


Emmer Green

Aerial photography of the recreation ground shows circular parch marks that may indicate the presence of the remains of Bronze Age barrows. A joint project between SOAG and the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (BARG) wit the help of Reading University conducted a geophysical survey of the main features. See our project page for more details.

Gregan Hane

Gregan Hane near Highmoor in the Chilterns has been identified as being a medieval enclosure suggestions for its date ranging from Saxon to 13th/ 14th century. SOAG conducted a test dig in 2013. See the project website. 

Ancient Mound

A SOAG member spotted the mound in a Chilterns field in his youth in the early 1950s and discovered that it had been neither recorded nor studied. Personally convinced that it dated from the Bronze Age, starting in 2007 he organised a variety of geophysical and mapping surveys of the site in which many SOAG members have been involved.
See our Ancient Mound project pages.
Group Photograph in Rain

Brightwell Baldwin Community History and Archaeology Project (BBCHAP)

BBCHAP is a community based project being run in association with the South Oxfordshire Archaeological Group (SOAG). It is a long term research project, centred on the parish of Brightwell Baldwin but extending into the surrounding parishes.
See our BBCHAP project pages for more information
View into Trench

Search for the Lost Church of Bix Gibwyn

Operating on behalf of the Victoria County History Oxfordshire survey, SOAG investigated the medieval manorial centres at Bix Gibwyn and Bix Brand, in particular looking for evidence of the lost parish church of Bix Gibwyn.
See our Bix Gibwyn project pages for more information..
Skeleton and Drawing Frame