The Oxford Archeology project
Between July and December 2000 The Oxford Archaeological Unit undertook research work at St Luke's Church on behalf of ABL Cultural Consulting Limited. This comprised recording of funerary architecture, the crypt structure along with exhumation of all burials in the northern and southern churchyards as well as clearance of all the burials in the crypt. A total of 1052 burials were recorded and removed. Of that number 336 individuals were named and documentary research was carried out on these individuals during the post-excavation phase.
In 2001 Channel 4 made a documentary on the exhumation of burials at St Luke's Church. The series is available in four parts on YouTube. Please click on the thumbnails below to watch.
At the bottom of the page you can download a full report of the excavations, a fascinating record of the project including the hazards encountered in exhuming lead-lined coffins and the possibility that diseases such as smallpox and anthrax may be present in the remains! There is also an excellent historical background of the area around St Luke's, of funerary practice and diseases, and lists of burials, giving causes of death and known addresses.