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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.
Joy
https://www.archaeology.co.uk/awards/research-project-year-2018.htm

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.

A Plea from BARG

Just in case you picked up the tape measure (picture below) at this year’s dig – could you please contact Janet Firth who would be delighted to see its return. Janet’s email:firth@doctors.org.uk
Many thanks.

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

TWO DATES FOR THE DIARY

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: joy@appleton.uk.net   Many thanks.

Andrew Lyle Remembered

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.
Best wishes
Matt
Matt Nichol
Project Officer

We made the Nationals!!

Just in case you hadn’t heard, the mosaic story has hit the national papers and ITV and BBC even Russia Today!! Matt was on the Meridian News this evening with a few seconds of video of  Alice explaining the mosaic at the Open Day – video courtesy of Richard. What a world!! The photos from the blog have been used by  the papers too. Hard copies of the Times, Telegraph and Mail are available but the rest as far as we know is online – John even found a Greek post!

More Photos of the Boxford Dig 2017

Photos on the blog are courtesy of Steve, Lindsey, Joy, Richard, Helen, Jill and Mike

The site

The smaller building

 

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