Marcham Community Archaeology Project


Catch up with the findings of the Trendles Project with our 20 page colour booklet – £2

Available from the Farm Shop at Manor Farm and Marcham Post Office

If you would like a copy posted to you please contact us at An additional charge of £1 will be made to cover postage.


Our Project

Eleven seasons of excavation at Trendles Field and the Noah’s Ark Inn, Marcham produced a wealth of artefacts and resulted in thousands of written records.  Now, thanks to a 3-year National Lottery Heritage Grant, people from Marcham and the surrounding villages can participate in a crucial stage of the post-excavation process.  The Trendles Project allows local people and archaeologists to work together in the identification and analysis of the finds from the excavation and the interpretation of the records, and contribute to a major archaeological publication.

We work at Manor Farm, Marcham every Tuesday and Thursday



Taught by professional archaeologists, volunteers will develop the skills needed to identify the many different types of Roman and Iron Age pottery fragments recovered during the excavation, to understand the type of vessels they came from, and where and how they were made.

Analysing animal bone

Animal bone will be identified to species.  Many will be the remains of domestic animals such as sheep, pig and cattle, others will be wild animals, hunted to supplement the diet, and a few, the remains of animals sacrificed to the gods of the temple.


Using the thousands of written, drawn and photographic records created during the excavations we will begin to work down through the archaeological layers of the site and together with the pottery and  animal bone, piece together long-forgotten events.

To join in or find out more, email us at


Abingdon Museum

Oxford Archaeology

Oxfordshire Museums Resource Centre

Marcham Society

Vale and Downland Museum