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ABINGDON ARCHAEOLOGICAL GEOPHYSICS

 

 

 

EWELME PALACE

We were asked to ascertain the location of this manor house by the South Oxfordshire Project. It had been taken over by Henry VIII who had used it as a palace.

Magnetometry and documentary sources and an existing building indicated its general location of which part was then further investigated with resistivity. A twin probe array was used with 0.5 metres between the mobile probes and a 1 metre sample interval.

We appear to have found that the remains extend further east than expected. As a cautionary note - the rectangular areas of high resistance in the north west of the survey areas are not buildings. Documentary sources have rectangular ponds in this area and they appear to have been filled with rubble. It shows that it pays to have several sources of information for every site.

geophysical surveys at Ewelme palace

Magnetometer and earth resistance surveys of Ewelme palace on Google Earth background.