My publications on archaeological oysters etc.

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I have been interested for a long time in oyster and other marine mollusc shells from archaeological excavations. I’ve been exploring their potential for archaeological site interpretation. Over the years I’ve written many reports of my analyses – some of these have been published and others remain in archives. These papers are not easily accessible so I have compiled a list of my reports as a starting point for those seeking more information about my research into oysters and other marine mollusc shells from archaeological deposits. My investigations have sought an understanding of shellfish in the diet and economy of communities in the British Isles during the last two thousand years or so. In this post I list reports that have been published and are already in the public domain. In the next post I will list archived reports – some of which are awaiting publication.


Winder, J.M. (1980) The Marine Mollusca.  In Excavation at Melbourne Street, Southampton, 1971-76  (ed. P. Holdsworth), pp121-127.  Southampton Archaeological Research Committee, Report 1, CBA Report 33.

Winder, J.M. (1985)  Oyster culture.  In The Port of Roman London (ed. G. Milne), pp91-95.  B.T. Batsford Ltd.

Horsey, I.P. and Winder, J.M. (1991)  Late Saxon and Conquest period oyster middens at Poole, Dorset.  In Waterfront Archaeology, Proceedings of the third International conference, Bristol, 1988, (eds G.L. Good, R.H. Jones and M.W. Ponsford), pp102-104.  CBA Research Report No. 74.

Winder, J.M. (1991)  Marine mollusca.  In Redeemed from the Heath – the archaeology of the Wytch Farm Oilfield (1987-90), (eds P.W. Cox and C.M. Hearne), pp212-216.  Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Monograph Series No. 9 for BP Exploration and its partners in the Wytch Farm Development.

Winder, J.M. (1992)  The Oysters.  In Excavations in Poole 1973-83, (ed. I.P. Horsey), pp194-200.  Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Monograph Series No. 10.

Winder, J.M. (1993) A study of the variation in oyster shells from archaeological sites and a discussion of oyster exploitation.  PhD Thesis, University of Southampton, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts.

Winder, J.M. (1986-90)  Mollusca, in Excavations at Cross Street, Wokingham (eds E.L. Morris and N.W. Jones), Berkshire Archaeological Journal 73, p110.

Winder, J.M. Oyster shells from Saxon Southampton, in Environmental archaeology in Southampton: bioarchaeological and related economic studies, (eds A. Morton and J. Bourdillon), Southampton Museum Publication Series.

Winder, J.M. Oyster and other marine mollusc shells from 39 Brown Street, Salisbury, in Archaeological excavation, evaluation and observation in Salisbury 1984-89, (ed J.W. Hawkes).

Winder, J.M. (1993) Oyster and other marine mollusc shells, in Excavations at the Old Methodist Chapel and Greyhound Yard, Dorchester, 1982-1984, (eds P.J. Woodward, S.M. Davies and A. Graham), Dorset Natural History and Archaeology Society Monograph Series No. 12, Series Editor J. Draper, pp347-348.

Winder, J.M. (1993) Oyster and other marine mollusc shells, in The Romano-British villa at Halstock, Dorset Excavations 1967-1985, (ed. R.M. Lucas), Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Monograph Series No. 13, Series Editor J. Draper, pp114-116.

Winder, J.M. (1994)  Oyster and other shells in Excavations on the Reading waterfront sites, 1979-1988, (eds J.W. Hawkes and P.F. Fasham), Wessex Archaeological Reports No. 5.

Winder, J.M. (1994) The marine mollusc shells, in The Foundry: Excavations on Poole Waterfront 1986-87, (ed. D.W. Watkins), Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Monograph Series No. 14, Series Editor J. Draper, pp84-88.

Winder, J.M. (1995) Oyster shells, in Lodge Farm, Kingston Lacey Estate, Dorset (ed M. Papworth), Journal of the British Archaeological Association, CXLVII (1994), pp110-111. 

Winder, J.M. Shellfish, and Late Saxon Oyster Samples, in Environment and Economy in Anglo-Saxon London, by Davis A., Locker A., Rackham J., Tyers I., West B., Winder J. (ed. J. Rackham), British Archaeological Report, Chapter 5 (5.2, 5.3).

Winder, J.M. (1996) Oysters – their variations in time and space, in The Fleet Lagoon and Chesil Beach, Proceedings of the 3rd Symposium of the Fleet Study Group, pp93-94.

Winder, J.M. and K. Reidy (1996) Marine Mollusca, in A medieval farm and its landscape – Stebbingford, Felstead 1993, Essex Archaeology and History, Vol. 27, 1996, pp168-169.

Winder J.M. (1997) Oyster and other marine molluscs, in Excavations at Hamwic, Volume 2: excavations at Six Dials edited P. Andrews, Council for British Archaeology Research Report No. 109, p247.

Winder J.M. The marine molluscs, in Ludgershall Castle – Excavations by Peter Addyman 1964-1972, edited by Peter Ellis, Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society Monograph Series 2, pp241-242.

Winder, J.M. (1999) Marine Molluscs, in Excavations alongside Roman Ermine Street, Cambridgeshire, 1996 – The Archaeology of the A1(M) Alconbury to Peterborough Road Scheme by Peter Ellis, Gwilym Hughes, Peter Leach, Catherine Mould and Jon Sterenberg. British Archaeological Report Series 276, 1998, pp97-99.

Winder, J.M. (1999) Molluscan Remains, in Archaeological investigations on the route of the Crawley High Street relief road, Crawley, West Sussex by M. John Saunders. Sussex Archaeological Collections Volume 136, 1999, p92.

Winder, J.M. (1999) Oyster Shell, in A35 Tolpuddle to Puddletown Bypass DBFO, Dorset 1996-8 (incorporating excavations at Tolpuddle Ball 1993) by Carrie M. Hearne and Vaughan Birbeck. Wessex Archaeological Report No. 15. Wessex Archaeology 1999, p202.

Winder, J. M. & Gerber-Parfit, S. (2003) The oyster shells in Middle Saxon London – excavations at the Royal Opera House 1989-99, Gordon Malcolm and David Bowsher with Robert Cowie, MoLAS Monograph 15, Museum of London Archaeology Service, ISBN 1-901992-32-2, pp 325-332.

Wyles, S. F. & Winder, J. M. (2000) Marine Mollusca in Excavations at Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight, 1921 – 1996 by C. J. Young. Wessex Archaeology Report No. 18, Wessex Archaeology 2000, pp184 – 188.

About winderjssc

I have a background in ecological studies in both the museum and the research laboratory. I'm passionate about the natural world right on my doorstep and enthusiastic about capturing what I see through photography, wanting to open the eyes of everyone to the beauty and fascination of nature. I am author of Jessica's Nature Blog []. I have also extensively researched macroscopic variations in oyster and other edible marine mollusc shells from archaeological excavations as a means of understanding past exploitation of marine shellfish resources. I am an archaeo-malacological consultant through Oysters etc. where I am publishing summaries of my shell research and other oyster related topics [Oysters etc. at]. Photographic Salmagundi [] is a showcase of photographs and digital art on all sorts of subjects - not just natural history. P.S. The current profile picture was taken in 2015 at Whiteford Sands in Gower where I am kneeling to take pictures of an ancient buried tree trunk emerging from the peat for the first time after submersion by rising sea levels about 6000 years ago.
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2 Responses to My publications on archaeological oysters etc.

  1. Ken Collins says:

    I have just read your chapter in “Molluscs in Archaeology” and if you are based in Dorset/Hampshire would like to meet you. My interest, dating back to the 70’s, is in living oysters, but was moved to buy the book because of my connection with the Mary Rose Trust and awareness of oyster studies associated with the wreck.
    Best wishes Ken
    Senior Research Fellow & Diving Officer
    Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton SO14 3ZH

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