Boxford

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Boxford Big Dig

After the digging…………………………………….. comes the measuring and recording for posterity!

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Here’s how you do it…………………….according to Jack!

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Boxford Big Dig – Day 10

After a well earned rest day on Bank Holiday Monday, everyone was back to try to uncover the mystery of the little Roman building. Neil Holbrook, ex Time Team and now Director of Cotswold Archaeology paid a visit. He was as mystified as the rest and described it as a weird little building! Guess we will have to wait until it’s fully excavated to discover its use!

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And then he lent a hand!

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Boxford Big Dig – Day 9

Work begins on excavating the small building in Trench 2 with Gill being granted the honour of lifting the first flint having drawn the plan of the whole structure single handed.WMF16 Day 9 (1)

Never mind the weather …………………works begins in earnest to reveal the secrets of our enigmatic building!

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Boxford Big Dig – Days 7 and 8

Gill’s task …………………….to meticulously draw the foundations and debris of our little Roman mystery building using a grid before we can excavate. She hopes to finish tomorrow!

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Today’s thunderstorms mean no digging for a while as everyone is cleared off the field until the storms have passed but it’s quite a dramatic sight.

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Photos courtesy of Lindsey.

Boxford Big Dig – Day 6

Aerial shot of the site courtesy of Richard Miller – after a little bit of rain, the areas of interest  show up clearly against the chalk.  We have a lot more digging to do!! Just in case you are wondering where have all the diggers gone….they have downed tools for lunch.

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Boxford Big Dig – Day 5 -Two for the price of one

Today the two large trenches start revealing their secrets ………………trench 1 appears to be largely Iron Age and trench 2 seems to be more organised and Roman – so two eras for the price of one.

We also welcomed members of West Berkshire Council’s Heritage and Tourism Department to the site. They supported our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for our three year project. Steve Clark and Lindsey Bedford did the honours, walking them round the site.

Trench 2 below …………….where Freya is logging the position of circular burnt areas which would appear to be ovens. In this trench also the foundations of a small building have been discovered.

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Trench 1 – Gary tidies up the side of an Iron Age pit ready for recording…………………….

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while Steph from Cotswold Archaeology shows Agata how to record each context layer…….the pit was later carefully photographed so that no detail was lost.

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Boxford Big Dig 2016 – Day 4

On a sizzling day at Wyfield, 28 volunteers turned out to listen to an initial briefing by Cotswold Archaeology.

Matt explains what he wants this team of volunteers to do in one of two big trenches

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Nancy and Barbara uncover a flint wall in trench 2 after the trench has been cleared back.

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Meanwhile strange shapes possibly pits are being uncovered in trench 1 – these are marked out for excavation.IMG_1050

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…………………And they are off! Mike on JCB and Matt as banksman – opening up the trenches.

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James ready to commence a magnetometer survey. WMF16 Day 3 (14)

They’ll never know I opened a little bit more!

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Big Dig 2016 – Day 2

A busy day – surface mapping before the digger arrives…………………………

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Nancy looking for treasures and marking them up on a grid!

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Lunch break for some in the party tent!

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Anyway due to everyone’s efforts we are all ready for the digger tomorrow – trenches marked up, field walking pretty well finished and geophys well underway.

Boxford Big Dig 2016 Begins

And we are off……………………………………….with Steve Clark and Janet Firth on Total Station and Richard Miller on gradiometer! Great strides all round with half of the gridding out done and some geophys to boot – despite some heavy and blustery showers. Thanks to all who made such a good start today. We hope to finish the gridding out tomorrow with more geophys if it’s not too wet. If you want to join in this HLF community dig, please contact joy@appleton.uk.net – you don’t need previous experience, training is given on site by a professional company, Cotswold Archaeology.

 

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