Come and visit us at the Westgate. Archaeologists will be on hand to answer questions and share their experiences of working on one of the largest archaeological sites ever to take place in Oxford. Discover the ancient watercourse called the Trill Mill Stream and get close to the waterlogged remains of ancient plants, timber structures and skeletons of oxen that gave Oxford its name. It is free and all are welcome.
See how the area of St Ebbs changed from fast flowing rivers created by melting glaciers 10,000 years ago into the area it is today. Take a site tour with our archaeologists and see all the discoveries for yourself. Get to see the latest finds with specialists, have a look through our survey equipment and talk to archaeologists about how they draw and describe activities.
Informative posters and real-life archaeologists will be on hand to tell you why they are working on the project and what was found on the previous excavations in the 1960s and 1970s. Also learn all about the Greyfriars and especially the changing landscape of the floodplain around Oxford.
If this is still not enough archaeology for you, why not pop along to the Westgate Oxford Pop-Up Museum in the Westgate centre? Finds from the previous excavations are on display and archaeologists are there to talk to. You can see the finds from Peckwater Quad, Christchurch, containing the skillet and vessels associated with early scientific experiments that may relate to alchemy. You can even see a Wellington boot from the First World War.
Or perhaps pick up a leaflet to "Explore St Ebbes" on foot, taking in many of the key historical sites of the area. You can also take a booklet home with all the information from the open day to keep.
The open day, which is also being organised as part of the Festival of Archaeology 2015, is the first chance for the public to come onto the site itself and see all we have done so far.
For more information about the event, and to find out more about Westgate Oxford, visit the Westgate Oxford website.
SATURDAY 18th JULY 2015
10am - 3.30pm (last entry 3.15pm). FREE OF CHARGE. All ages welcome.
Entry via a Gate in the site fence on Abbey Place near the junction with Norfolk Street, OXFORD
SatNav: OX1 1TG