Many people who know me (Mrs Bedford from the nursery) will also know that I am very involved with local archaeology. You may also have seen on television and national press, the discovery of a spectacular and important Roman mosaic we made this year in Boxford (see attached photo). I am in the privileged position of being joint project leader for this undertaking which we have been working on since 2013 at three different Roman sites around the village. These sites have included possibly the largest Roman villa in Berkshire (2013/2015), a rural farmstead with malting oven (2016) and a second villa with stunning mosaic (2017). We have recently received the exciting news that we have been nominated for the Current Archaeology Research Project of the Year.
It is a community based project being run by a 'triumvirate' consisting of the Boxford History Project (local residents), the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (local archaeological society) and Cotswold Archaeology (a professional team) with all the hard graft on site and after done by an amazing team of willing volunteers of all ages and abilities.
We all feel really incredibly proud that our local community project is competing for the award against universities and professional units with all their funding and high tech resources but they also have very high profiles. We would very much appreciate your support by voting for ‘Bellerophon in Boxford, a mythological mosaic revealed’. Also if you could help us by urging your colleagues, work websites, social media, friends, family etc. to do the same that would be amazing. Please see below for the link to where to vote.
Voting is open until February 5th and the results will be revealed at the
Current Archaeology Conference
on Friday 23rd February.
Please go to
click on Research Project of the Year and we are at the bottom of the shortlist.
Thank you for your support
P.S. as you can see from the photograph the mosaic was only half revealed so hopefully we will be going back in 2019, after some serious fund raising, to finish the job!