Bagendon Oppidum

Dr Tom Moore’s (Durham University) ‘The Birth of a Capital: Bagendon ‘oppidum’ and the Late Iron Age-Roman transition’ project set out to understand the changing nature of power and identity. The result of the recent fieldwork campaigns have shown that this site is more complex than previously thought.

As part of this project, I analysed the unpublished material from the 1979-1981 excavations, which consisted of nearly 1,100 objects. Much of the assemblage was made up of nails and unidentifiable fragments of iron, but there was also a copper-alloy finger-ring fragment, part of a glass bead, and several pierced pottery discs. I also analysed the assemblage from Dr Moore’s recent excavations, which consisted of a fragment of binding strip, several bone ‘piercers’ or awls, and other miscellaneous objects.

UPDATE: This project was published in 2020 and is freely available as a PDF from Archaeopress here or in print.

Bagendon glass bead photo credit: Jeff Veitch/Tom Moore/Durham University.