Rhyn Park Roman Military Site and the Birth of OBHAG

Introduction to Rhyn Park In the exceptional summer of 1976 crop marks caused by the drought revealed previously unknown archaeology in fields overlooking the Ceiriog River near the Gledrid Roundabout. Professor Barri Jones of the University of Manchester who had extensive knowledge of Roman activity the Northern March, recognised the potential importance of the site and decided to excavate. Operations began in 1977. The dig attracted huge interest and the Border Counties Advertizer was v...
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HOD 2016 – Richard III Talk

'Killed the Boar, Shaved his Head', the Violent Death of Richard III Robert Woosnam Savage, Curator of European Edged Weapons at the Royal Armouries Leeds and a member of the team which worked on the recently excavated skeleton of Richard III gave a talk which drew one of our largest ever audiences. In August 1485 Richard of York, the last English king to be killed in battle, led his Yorkist army out from Leicester to meet the greatly outnumbered forces of the Lancastrian rebel Henry Tudor. ...
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HOD 2016 – Selattyn Hill Walk

Walk to Sleeping Beauty’s Tower: Selattyn Hill We met at the Lime Kilns Car Park, Craignant and walked up the marked footpath alongside Offa’s Dyke before turning off to finish the climb up Selattyn hill and take in the wonderful views emerging from the morning mist as the sun struggled through the clouds. The summit is 372m above sea level and on a clear day gives views of up to 100km across northeast Wales, Cheshire, Shropshire and Powys. Forestry and repairs In the early 1970s, the landsca...
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Oswestry Castle Research Project Aims – 2016

Oswestry & Border History & Archaeology Group OBHAG Oswestry Castle Research Project This year we are excavating two large trenches that partially overlap and greatly extend last year’s trench. The 2015 excavation left a number of questions unanswered which we hope this year’s excavation will help us answer. How deep is the floor level? Last year we were excavating material from the large trench we think is demolition rubble from the destruction of the castle with some later mate...
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Oswestry Castle Precis

Oswestry & Border History & Archaeology Group OBHAG Oswestry Castle Research Project Oswestry Castle Precis In September 2015 Archaeologists spent two weeks excavating part of Oswestry castle. Not much appears to remain today but this was an important and early Norman castle. It was mentioned in the Domesday book and therefore must predate 1086. A previous small scale Archaeological excavation did suggest the possibility that much more remains under the present day turf surface than...
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The Oswestry Castle Research Project – Introduction

The Oswestry Castle Research Project Introduction The Oswestry castle research project has developed from an excavation in the castle garden area which took place during Heritage Open Day week in 2014 and attracted a great deal of interest. The Oswestry Heritage Forum Steering Committee included a continuation dig as part of their successful 2015 Big Lottery bid and the project is now ongoing. Future work will be principally supported by SAP Archaeology and Oswestry Town Museum, with additio...
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