The Old Gaol (Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire)

The Old Gaol property development is located on the longest continuously occupied street in the UK. With finds dating back as far as the Paleolithic recovered in the area, it is arguably in an area of great significance. The remains of a Napoleonic prison had occupied a lovely spot on the bank of the Thames for many years, struggling to find a good use in the community. Planning permission granted the conversion of the historic site into residential use on the condition that archaeological investigations took place and were fully explored. 

The excavations began in 2007 and ran for nearly a year! The finds were astonishing and are still being written up for publication, so watch this space!