The following was written by Matt Nichol yesterday.
This morning I heard the very sad news that one of volunteers who had helped on the 2013, 2015 and this year’s 2017 Boxford project has sadly passed away this morning.
Andrew Lyle was an incredibly hard working, funny and passionate local Boxford guy whose contribution to the Boxford dig over the years was immense. He was a great team member always upbeat, always keen to muck in with the heavy excavation and on quite a few occasions I was invited around to his house after a days digging for drinks and a meal with his wife Tina.
I remember the very first season in 2013 after the excavation was complete I was invited around to his house in evening so I could complete all site paperwork with another volunteer who went on to study a degree in archaeology because of that season (because of this then went on to become a military officer in the TA). Andrew on the hand was a great cook and entertainer. I will never forget that evening especially.
Andrew and I ever since 2013 had a running joke together that I would find him a mosaic but none of us could ever have foreseen this year’s findings. Andrew’s health was not good at all during this season of work. Although in great pain, unable to walk properly, on at least four occasions Andrew managed to make it on to site and contribute for a few hours each time. He was one of the first to reveal the beautiful colours of the mosaic. I am very proud to have given him such a fantastic opportunity working on an incredible mosaic. We certainly smiled and joked together about the mosaic discovery…
First photo is courtesy of Lindsey Bedford.