Keith Westcott

Location: Banbury Oxfordshire
About me...

As a new member of TV’s Time Team, my historical research, and archaeological discoveries of national importance, are coming to life through cutting edge technology and viewed across the world. Funded through Historic England, I am the Founder of the Institute of Detectorists and winner of the prestigious 2019 Archaeology Training Forum Award for the course which I directed and taught at Rewley House, the University of Oxford.

A Detectorists, Historian and Archaeologist, I am passionate in working to promote the benefits of metal detecting to archaeological principles, an ethical approach which looks to ‘historical’ rather than ‘monetary’ value and the incredible stories behind the find.

About my talks...

My most popular talk (or I can focus on any one of the subjects) starts with diving on shipwrecks and how finding a tangible link to a historical event, inspired an interesting approach to research, leading to exciting discoveries.

The talk continues with a fascinating story behind my discovery of Spanish silver coins at Broughton Castle, which through a circle of events and a spell in the dock of Oxford Crown Court, returned the property of a 17th Century Queen through very last case in the 1000 year Common Law of Treasure Trove, back to The Crown.

Previously, my talk would would conclude with the subject of Time Teams most recent three episodes, based on my theory developed around a very important Romano British woman. Through my physical search of fields utilising Landscape Archaeology techniques, what I discovered exceeded my expectations… a huge Roman villa set within a dramatic landscape, big enough to be in Britains top 1% of Roman residences.

However, my work continues and the next time I may be in the position release that next discovery, maybe on your talk?!

My fee is £120 including travel within 35 miles of Banbury.
I am prepared to travel throughout the UK so, please contact me for larger events and locations further afield.
My Contact Details:

07767 663484

Hidden archaeology from a 'not quite Indiana Jones' perspective...

Public Speaker in Oxfordshire Keith Westcott talks about Hidden archaeology

A new member of Time Team, my talk explains how diving on shipwrecks inspired an exciting approach to historical research, leading to discoveries of national importance.

From Spanish silver coins traced back to royalty found at Broughton Castle, Oxfordshire, a spell in the dock at Crown Court Oxford and how a spiritual bond was formed with an important Romano British woman, which drew me to the discovery of her Roman residence, big enough to be in the top 1% of British Roman villas.

Diving the HMS Ramillies - a tangible memory:

Valentine’s Day 1760, the Sailing Master responsible for navigating this 90-gun Man-o-War through a savage storm could have heroically guided the ship to safety.  A tragic nautical miscalculation however, resulted in a flawed manoeuvre with no way back. It resulted in the loss of over 800 seafaring souls that night.  230 years on, I would find a tangible link to this event whilst diving the site, which would steer me on a new and fascinating course of my own.

The Queen's Coins:

Standing in front of a Jury in ‘the dock’ of Oxford Crown Court, my discovery of ‘The Broughton Castle Hoard’ is set down in history, as the very last case in the 1000-year-old, British Common Law of Treasure Trove.  However, the findings of the inquest, that a soldier buried the coins before the civil war siege of the castle, was soon to be turned on its head.   A report appeared suggesting that the Spanish silver coins had belonged to Queen Henrietta Maria, brought back from The Netherlands to fund the King Charles 1st Royal Cause, in return for selling off the Crown Jewels… the following research revealed fact to be, more bizarre than fiction.

Broughton’s Great Roman Villa - the theory and discovery of international importance:

A conundrum and I had particular one all of my own, a nagging mystery to me, of no particular interest to others. With certain facts to hand, over time I developed a theory based around the death and burial of a woman in her thirties, of slight build and around five feet tall… a very important woman. The clues may have leaned towards another archaeological presumption however, to me, she was buried there in view of her dwelling, a villa to such a status, that would match her sarcophagus burial.

All I had to do, is go out and find it! Broughton’s great Roman villa – the theory and discovery of international importance.

Discovering the Invisable

I can present a talk that includes information and facts from each of the three talks listed above. It is something of a whistle-stop journey, but nonetheless, it makes for a light-hearted and interesting 45/90 minutes.

Keith Westcott Contact Details:

07767 663484

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