Soulbury Excavations

Lucy Lawrence and Chris Low,

7-8pm, Wed 10 Nov, 2021

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The town of Soulbury is located within a well preserved medieval landscape, with large swathes of extant ridge and furrow earthworks showing the rural hinterland of the village. The urban area of the surviving village covers a smaller area than it did during the medieval and post medieval periods, as evidenced by numerous surviving earthworks of house platforms and plot boundaries surrounding the village. One such plot of earthworks, located at the southern end of the village, was subject to archaeological investigation during 2019 in advance of a new housing development. The scope and focus of the archaeological works was informed greatly by the cartographic evidence held by the Buckinghamshire Archives, in particular an Estate Map of the village of Soulbury dating to 1769.

Using the Soulbury excavations as a case study, this talk will look at how archaeological assessments draw on historical documents to both inform archaeological investigations, and to aid in the interpretation of the results.

Lucy is part of the Council’s Archaeology team, providing advice and guidance to our planning colleagues on the impacts of development on the archaeological resource. The team also monitor ongoing fieldwork, provide outreach to disseminate exciting new discoveries, and work alongside external partners such as the Chiltern Conservation Board and Discover Bucks Museum to ensure the heritage of the county is looked after.

Chris Low is part of the team at Buckinghamshire Archives.

This talk will not be recorded.

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