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Fundraising for 2019 – Uncovering the Boxford Mosaic

We are starting fundraising in earnest now for next year’s excavation of the mosaic. If you have been attending the lectures or came to the Open Day, the odds are you have already put your hand in your pocket! Cotswold Archaeology received a $1000 dollars from an American couple who had heard about the mosaic discovery last year – this is now in the BHP coffers. That made our total £1246.39 in donations. In the last couple of weeks we have received another £3000 from two very generous donors – what a brilliant start! If you know of any corporate body or charity that would be interested in supporting us, please let me know.

Many thanks.


Current Archaeology Award

Just a quickie to let you know that having asked the question “how many votes did we get” – the answer is nearly 20%. They don’t give out the actual number! With 6 projects running in our category I suppose that’s not too bad!


The Triumph of Bellerophon

About 75 -80 people turned up for the postponed lecture given by Anthony Beeson. It was a triumph of scholarship and interest – packed full of comparisons of the mosaic with others in the Roman Empire – showing quite why the Boxford mosaic is indeed unique and a national treasure! We are now in the process of fundraising so that we can uncover the whole of the mosaic in the late summer of 2019 so if you can help with fundraising, especially with corporate sponsorship, please let us know. We are looking at finding £55000+ – this seems a lot but this time we will have to cover the villa to prevent damage to the mosaic from the elements as well as unwanted visitors. Donations left last night amounted to £161.50 so many thanks to all who contributed. Over £1000 has been raised from donations so far for the 2019 dig. (By the way someone left a very nice red and beige shawl/scarf with green tassels in the village hall last night – please email if it was you.)

The Boxford History Project AGM will be held in the Heritage Centre on Monday 26th March at 7pm. We are looking for new committee members – if you are interested and there is plenty to interest – please email me.
Many thanks.
Joy Appleton
Boxford History Project

Current Archaeology Awards

Unfortunately the Boxford Roman project was unsuccessful at the Current Archaeology Awards ceremony held at the Senate House in London on Friday, where it had been nominated for Research Project of the Year. Two members from each of the project partners attended – Joy Appleton and Tina Lyle from Boxford History Project, Lindsey Bedford and Janet Firth from BARG (Berkshire Archaeology Project) and Matt Nichol and Duncan Coe from Cotswold Archaeology. The winner was Blick Mead, a prehistoric site in the Stonehenge landscape, a much bigger project which clearly had a high profile. We did not get to hear how many public votes each project collected. All that said and although we did not win, we are immensely proud of being nominated in the first place! Most of all, we would like to thank everyone who supported and voted for the project.

Boxford History Project and BARG Current Archaeology Nomination for Award

Exciting News!
Bellerephon in Boxford – the report of this year’s dig in the parish, has been included in the December issue of Current Archaeology This has subsequently been nominated for an award in the prestigious Research category of Current Archaeology. Photographs of many of the team involved and the mosaic are included in the six page article. The final result of the award in February 2018 will be based on the public’s vote only so your vote really counts. There is some stiff competition!! Please click on the link below for the article and see how to vote. Look for “Bellerephon in Boxford.” Please encourage friends and family to vote for us too!
Many thanks.

Professor Mike Fulford’s talk

About 70 people came to Professor Fulford’s talk last Wednesday week at Boxford Village Hall. His talk covered the work of the Roman Rural Settlement Research Project of which he is one of the main contributors. The project entailed the collation of data of all Roman rural sites across England and Wales and was a fascinating insight into the  economy, agriculture, settlements and landscape of Roman Britain.

Behind the scenes

Work is still continuing behind the scenes processing the finds from this year’s Dig.  This includes the often overlooked but necessary job of cleaning the soil from ceramic and stone building material, so we can identify what it is.
Last Saturday, Janet and Lindsey were busy doing that with admirable concentration!  Other volunteers will be continuing this work during October.

The Young Archaeologists from Sunflowers at Grafton

Many hands make light work and all that – so we were pleased to have the primary aged children from Grafton’s Holiday Club to lend a hand – greatly assisted by Lindsey of course, at this summer’s Boxford dig. They came on a very auspicious day when the mosaic experts visited the site, so stuck close to Matt when taking a look for themselves.

Professor Mike Fulford Lecture

Bringing us the latest news of the work of the Rural Roman Britain Project, Professor Fulford as decided to retitle his talk:

The Countryside of Roman Britain: economy and society

Date: 22nd November at 7.30pm

Venue: Boxford Village Hall, Lambourn Road, Boxford RG20 8DD (signed from The Bell cross roads)

Absolutely everyone is welcome.


November Lectures at Boxford Village Hall


7.30pm 22nd November:   Professor Mike Fulford from Reading University

Lecture entitled: The Roman Rural Settlement Project – Settlement, regionality, economy, living and dying in the countryside of Roman Britain

Key Facts:

Professor Michael Fulford was promoted Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading in 1988, following previous appointments as Reader (1985) and Lecturer (1974). He has served as Dean of the former Faculty of Letters and Social Sciences (1994-1997) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning (1998-2004). His principal research interests are in Roman archaeology, particularly in the fields of rural settlement, urbanism, economy, material culture, technology and trade.

He directs:

  • The Silchester Roman Town Project, which is in its nineteenth year and is currently supported by several grants, including the Calleva Foundation and the Headley Trust, and other sources of funding.
  • The Rural Settlement of Roman Britain: The Leverhulme Trust is funding major projects; Evaluation of PPG 16, ‘grey’ literature and the rural settlement of Roman Britain, 2012-15, and ‘From Roman England to Roman Britain’, 2015-17, in collaboration with Professor Julian Richards and the Archaeology Data Service, University of York and Neil Holbrook, Chief Executive, Cotswolds Archaeology.
  • The Silchester Environs Iron Age Project, 2014-19, funded by The Calleva Foundation.
  • The Small Towns of Roman Britain Project, 2015-18, funded by P.R. Chadwick.
  • The AHRC recently funded a major research project, the Samian pottery industries of Roman Gaul (2008-12) in collaboration with the University of Leeds and the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Mainz, Germany.
  • The JISC recently funded VERA (Virtual Environments for Research in Archaeology) in collaboration with the School of Systems Engineering at Reading, University College London and the York Archaeological Trust.

He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1994 and is currently Treasurer and Vice-President, having previously served as Chair of the Committee for Academy-Sponsored Schools and Institutes. He is Chair of the Roman Research Trust and Vice-President of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. He was Chair of RAE 2008 Main Panel H (Architecture and the Built Environment, Town & Country Planning, Geography and Environmental Studies, Archaeology). Mike has recently been appointed Commissioner of English Heritage and Chair of the English Heritage Advisory Committee.

Professor Michael Fulford was appointed CBE in the New Years honours 2011.

7.30pm 29th November: Dr. Steve Clark

Feedback Session on this year’s archaeological dig in Boxford

Everyone is most welcome – to help with logistics and if you plan to come, please email Joy:   Many thanks.

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