Confirmed start date at last! Saturday 12th August at 9am at the Mudhole site on the Winterbourne Road from Boxford for our last Heritage Lottery Funded dig into Roman sites in Boxford.

The site will be found about half a mile out of the village of Boxford – from Boxford Church  take the Winterbourne Road and drive past Boxford Farm and through small area of woodland (Boxford Common) – our site is the first field on the left before a house with stables (Mudhall Cottage). Car sharing will be helpful as there is limited space in the field and it’s not safe to park in the road.

For newcomers, you don’t need equipment but please come with old clothes, sturdy footwear, wet gear, sun hat and sun cream to cover all eventualities,  plenty of water, your lunch and snacks, some gardening gloves and garden kneeler if you have one. Loos and shelter will be on site. You will be covered by insurance – although we have never had to make a claim! Training is also provided by professional archaeologists. If you are a student, taking this kind of opportunity looks really good on your CV or Uni application. We usually start with a coffee and briefing session about 9am, have morning and afternoon breaks, a lunch stop and finish around 5pm.

For old hands – if you have any bits of equipment, buckets and wheelbarrows etc, they would be very helpful – please make sure they are clearly marked with your name. Thanks.

Entry to this site is free – you just need enthusiasm! There are all sorts of jobs – not just digging – the topsoil will have been taken off by a JCB but finds processing which means washing and sorting finds, and recording and photographing is available. So something for everyone. If you have any queries, please email:

Look forward to seeing you.

Joy Appleton