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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Oxford Westgate dig: Medieval leather shoes found

50 medieval leather shoes and a bag rare and exciting" leather and wooden objects 700 years old have been found  in Westgate Shopping Centre excavations in Oxford.  (Might that be 25 pairs of shoes I wonder?) Experts have also uncovered a wooden bowl and timber posts at the site. 

Project Director Ben Ford said: "These finds are as rare as gold and often as informative.  They tell us about the everyday people, their lives, the objects they made and the clothes they wore. It's amazing to think these shoes were worn by people who walked the streets of medieval Oxford.  Only a handful of sites will have that level of preservation.  What makes it special is the sheer volume of the material, we have only been on site four or five weeks and already have 100 objects."

The site of the shopping centre, which is being redeveloped, housed a friary for the Greyfriars religious order and was just outside the Oxford city walls at the time.
An open day is taking place this weekend for the public to visit the excavations as part of the National Festival of Archaeology.  Click here for details.

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