Web Design: Geoff Roynon


Last Update: 22nd December 2023

This is the Home page for the Horspath Archaeology & History Group.

Use the links above to navigate around the site. Use the News tab for the latest announcements.

22nd December 2023: Another picture has been added to the Hennes collection - see News for more information.

Our Aim:

To research and develop over time, a web-based narrative history of the community of Horspath village; its landscape and local environment from phenomenological, archaeological and historical perspectives, from the Mesolithic era to the present day (including research into the "lost" Medieval village of Old Horsepath).

To publish our findings via email based pdf-formatted newsletter updates to a wide base of interested local people; occasional printed update newsletters for non-computer users, and an active umbrella website - with core documents archived - linked to the Horspath village website.

Our Methods:

Web and archival based research: satellite and aerial photography, geophysical surveys, and small-scale excavation where appropriate.

Our Standing Committee and their roles

Dr Simon Underdown; Group adjudicator and treasurer. Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University. FSA, FRSB. Reader in Biological Anthropology. Director: Centre for Environment and Society; Human Origins and Palaeo-Environments Research Group.

Sally Humphrey; Group secretary and communications.

Geoff Roynon; Webmaster and IT advisor. (Speciality: aerial site research; archival, drone and web-based.)

Jemma Underdown; Professional Archaeologist. M.A. Reading University, Department of Archaeology (speciality: late Roman to Early Saxon period. Currently reading for a doctorate on this period.)

Chris Pym; Generalist Researcher to AD 1500. (Specialities: Old Horspath; Romano-British Pottery, and ancient local communication routes.)

Brian Lowe; Generalist researcher, post AD 1500. (Specialities: village history lectures and tours of Oxford University. Currently researching the nationally important WW2 aircraft reclamation centre at Horspath - MPRD.)

If you are interested in joining the group or just want to find out more, please email me at:

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