Saxon and Viking Oxford – Oxford City Council


“The available environmental evidence suggests that by the end of the Roman period a series of islands had been created within the reed swamp covering much of the floodplain to the south of St Aldates (Dodd ed. 2003: 14). The data suggests a reduction of alluviation in the early Saxon period was followed by a reversal of this trend, with alluviation and sedimentation in the mid-late Saxon period (Robinson 2007). There is evidence for a crossing or series of crossings on or close to the line of St Aldates in the mid Saxon period perhaps replacing an earlier fording point (ibid.: 15). Evidence for artificial improvement to the Thames through the augmentation and creation of new channels is discussed in more detail below (See The river network).””




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