Windsor has been well served by archaeology. The history and prehistory of the area is documented by organisations such as the Berkshire Family History Society and presented in both the Maidenhead Library and Windsor Library.
There are no current archaeological digs being carried out in the Windsor area. The Wraysbury Manor Farm site near Runnymede, was excavated by Victor Marchant MBE and his small team from the Windsor & Wraysbury Archaeological Group on alternate Sundays throughout most of the year between 1972 and 2008. Following the sale of the land the site has been cleared and the artifacts have been transferred to the care of the Windsor Museum collection. Email Chris or Call 01753 854595 for further information.
The Wraysbury Manor Farm site is a predominantly a Saxon settlement, although plenty of Roman pottery sherds and other artifacts have also been dug up from Wraysbury. The stratigraphy is complicated by prehistoric atifacts in the area, washed down over the centuries from the higher ground where Wraysbury’s church now stands.
The most famous archaeological find at the Wraysbury dig was a beautiful bone comb, discovered a decade ago.
Flint artifacts can be found on field walks all over the Windsor and Thames Valley Area. These date back from the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods.
Becasue the Thames Valley is pebble strewn, geophysical analysis (one of the modern technologies employed in archaeology) is often difficult, so digging is a prime method of finding out about the past.
Across the River Thames from Windsor, the digging of Eton Dorney rowing lake gave archaeologists the opportunity to conduct a large scale survey between 1995 and 2004.