westgate shopping centre

Oxford Westgate dig: Medieval leather shoes found

“Rare and exciting” leather and wooden objects 700 years old have been found at an archaeological dig in Oxford.

Experts uncovered 50 medieval leather shoes and a bag as well as a wooden bowl and timber posts at the Westgate Shopping Centre excavation.

The objects which “tell us about everyday people” have been so well preserved because the Thames floodplain area is below the water level.

Project director Ben Ford said: “These finds are as rare as gold.”

“They tell us about the everyday people, their lives, the objects they made and the clothes they wore. Read more.