Stonesfield Roman Villa, Oxfordshire: Report on Geophysical Surveys, September 2013

Ian Hardwick, Neil Linford, Paul Linford, Andy Payne

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Abstract / Description of output

Geophysical survey was conducted over the scheduled area surrounding the Stonesfield Roman villa, immediately south of Stonesfield village, Oxfordshire, in an attempt to more precisely locate any surviving remains and place these in a wider archaeological context. A vehicle-towed, caesium magnetometer array was used to cover an area of approximately 12ha and revealed a large Roman settlement, abutting Akeman Street and extending beyond the currently scheduled area. Subsequent earth resistance (1.5ha) and Ground Penetrating Radar (1.0ha) survey was targeted over possible masonry remains identified from the magnetic data, and confirmed the location of both the original building discovered in the C18th together with a much larger corridor villa within the same enclosed settlement. The geophysical survey successfully confirmed the location and survival of significant archaeological remains protected by the scheduling and will help inform the ongoing management in response to revised land use at the site.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherHistoric England
Commissioning bodyHistoric England
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2014

Publication series

NameResearch Department Reports
PublisherHistoric England
No.59/2013
ISSN (Print)2046-9799
ISSN (Electronic)2046-9802

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • caesium vapour
  • earth resistance
  • geophysical survey
  • ground penetrating radar
  • Roman

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