Welcome to the AAAHS interactive map of archaeology and historic buildings in Abingdon

This map provides information about archaeological discoveries in Abingdon, and about a small number of discoveries in nearby areas. It also includes information about many of Abingdon’s most important historic buildings.

The map not a substitute for official sources of information, such as the Oxfordshire Historic Environment Record (contact: archaeology@oxfordshire.gov.uk) or the National Heritage List England (https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/). For professional purposes, such as planning, please refer to these sources. This map is not suitable for these purposes.

Archaeological Information

The archaeological information is broken down into categories:

Excavations – archaeological investigations, including ‘rescue’ archaeology and ‘watching briefs’ (information and finds saved by archaeologists from building sites and quarries).

Finds – chance finds, mainly made by members of the public.

Site or monument – archaeological sites which are known, but which have not been excavated.

Surveys – archaeological surveys, such as geophysical surveys, not involving excavation.

Where there is more detailed information available else, for instance in a published report on an excavation, a reference to the publication is given. If this publication is available online, we have included a link to it. This makes a large amount of detailed archaeological information immediately accessible.

Information – Buildings

The map links to the articles produced by the ‘Abingdon Buildings and People’ group of AAAHS.

Clicking on the ‘Building’ points on the map will take you the relevant article (held on the Abingdon Town Council website). There, you can also find feature articles on particular Abingdon streets, places and topics.

Select maps

The information can be displayed on different maps. You can choose which map to use. They are:

  • Open Street Map – a modern map.
  • Satellite – a modern satellite photographic map.
  • Ordnance Survey 1 inch to 1 mile (1: 63,360) scale map dating to between 1885 and 1903
  • Ordnance Survey 6 inches to 1 mile (1: 10,560) scale map dating to between 1888 and 1913
  • Ordnance Survey 1: 25,000 scale map dating to between 1937 and 1961

The Ordnance Survey maps are provided courtesy of the National Library of Scotland


You can choose what information to display on the map using the ‘filtering’ buttons.

You can choose what types of information you look at (for example, if you only want to look at ‘Finds’) by ticking the relevant box in the drop-down ‘Filter’ menu.

You can also choose the archaeological periods which you are interested in (for, example if you want to look at all the Roman archaeological discoveries, but not at everything else).

You can use the two types of filtering together (for example, to display all the excavations which have found Anglo-Saxon material). Please note that you need to tick any or all of the ‘Excavation’, ‘Find’ ‘Monument’ or ‘Survey’ boxes before you can filter the points by period.

Please note that these ‘filtering’ options do not apply to ‘Buildings’. You can display all buildings, or none of them, but you cannot display only a selection of Buildings.

Adding new information

From time to time, we will add new records to the map, for instance if another excavation is done. We may also add further information to existing records in the future.