Fieldwork in 1998, 1999 and 2000
Results of the excavation have been published:
Gosden, C. and Lock, G. 2013. Histories in the making, Excavations at Alfred's Castle 1998-2000, Oxford University School of Archaeology.
See the following article for a discussion of the site within its landscape setting:
Gosden, C. and Lock, G. 2003. Becoming Roman on the Berkshire Downs: the evidence from Alfred’s Castle. Britannia, 34, pp.65-80.
Alfred’s Castle is a small enclosure that lies a couple of kilometres south of the Ridgeway. It has a large enclosure attached that shows as a cropmark, excavation showed this to be contemporary with the small enclosure, started c.6th century BC. The hillfort was established within a series of late Bronze Age linear ditches and revealed much evidence for occupation within it. In the late first century AD a Romano-British farmhouse was built within the abandoned prehistoric enclosure.
Romano-British farmstead overlying Iron Age pits
The artist Simon Callery also worked with us at Alfred’s Castle
producing a remarkable piece of work called Trench 10 – a full-size
plaster cast of a 20m by 2m chalk surface.
The Alfred’s Castle photographic archive
The site image archive can be accessed here, (login with username alfred, password +821alf). The photographic archive website address in full is: https://archdams.arch.ox.ac.uk
All of the 35mm slides taken during the excavations (photographer Sheila Raven) are included. Click on 'Search' to view all images or type in a keyword to view specific items.
Keywords (not case sensitive, but do not split compound words)
Trench1, trench1A, trench1B, trench1c, etc.
Extra reports (compiled by Janice Kinory)
The following downloadable reports include the detailed specialist evidence which was not included in the book. Also included are colour versions of some text figures as well as several new colour figures and plates. Please refer to the .pdf below entitled Section I, Final Table of Contents, for a complete listing of all the website materials. The website also contains the two chapters from the text which dealt with artefactual evidence (chapters 4 and 5) as a ready reference.