Roman Boxford Mosaic
Please don’t delay if you are going to vote online for Boxford’s nomination for the Current Archaeology award for revealing the Boxford mosaic. You can see all about it and vote at https://www.archaeology.co.uk/vote
This is a prestigious award and hopefully will help us when we seek grants to fully excavate the mosaic. We are up against stiff opposition in the research category – so please vote before 5th February and rope in family members and friends too! This is a public vote ie the result is down to members of the public only voting online. The awards will be held in London University’s Senate House on February 23rd.
We have landowner permission to continue excavation of the Boxford mosaic but because of the crop rotation, this will be in 2019 probably mid August after the harvest. We estimate that we will need around 4 weeks for the excavation. The villa will be covered by plastic sheeting and scaffolding whilst the dig is in progress to prevent damage by rain and sun. In the meantime, we have begun fundraising, so if you can help with contacts, fundraising or with help next year please let me know.
It is incredible to us that this modest Roman villa should have such a rare mosaic within. We are very fortunate that one of the leading UK iconographers, Anthony Beeson, will be giving a talk at Boxford Village Hall on Saturday 3rd March at 7pm entitled The Triumph of Bellerophon. The Boxford Mosaic, a unique survival from Roman Britain. Places will be limited on a first come first served basis because we anticipate a full house. Boxford and BARG members are being notified first before it goes out to a wider public. So please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org
For those of you who might be interested in the background of our speaker, who after his visit to the site last year conducted an incredibly thorough research looking at mosaics throughout the Roman world.
Anthony Beeson was born in 1948 into a well established Brighton family. Having worked at the Courtauld Institute of Art Library, he moved to Bristol in 1972 to become Fine Art Librarian, and over the following thirty-seven years developed the Bristol Art Library into one of the finest British public collections of art books. He is a noted classical iconographer who has written extensively in academic journals, lectured on Romano-British art and appeared on the television programme Time Team.