Students dig up school’s hidden history

Magdalen College School archaeology.The MCS Dig Team with videographer Maxwell Boulton at the back,trench supervisor Callum Craven,front left and project reporter Grace Bayley in the trench with finds.'110421M-C126
Magdalen College School archaeology.The MCS Dig Team with videographer Maxwell Boulton at the back,trench supervisor Callum Craven,front left and project reporter Grace Bayley in the trench with finds.'110421M-C126

STUDENTS at Magdalen College School may have uncovered the first hard evidence backing up archive records of a medieval hospital in Brackley.

It is well known from records held in the Oxford University archive that MCS began its life as a medieval hospital.

But according to archeologist Tiffany Brownell a dig carried out by students over the Easter break was the first time anyone had tried to uncover physical evidence of its history.

Mrs Brownell said they had to wait until the very last day of the two week dig to find what they were looking for.

She added: “It has to be verified, but very late in the dig and in true Time Team fashion we got down to a level which uncovered what looked to be medieval floor tiles and glazed pottery.”

Mrs Brownell said they also uncovered what could be remains of a building and further further digs are being planned.

Mrs Brownell belongs to the Sir John Moore Foundation, a charity which aims educate and inspire young minds, and the dig was part of a new project targeted at main stream schools.

Mrs Brownell said the project touched on all aspects of the curriculum and congratulated the group of up to 30 students who belong to the archeology club for their dedication and enthusiasm.