The Big Dig Gallery
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A great turnout for the final Big Dig event
More than 60 people, including Boston's Mayor and Chief Executive, were at the Guildhall on Thursday to celebrate the success of our Big Dig and to see the finds on display.
Lydia Hendry, the lead archaeologist, explained the significance of the finds which included large amounts of medieval pottery some of which may be French. They will now go to Lincoln to be catalogued before the best are returned to the Guildhall along with final reports.
More than 500 people of all ages took part in the Dig, making it a fantastic community success. The photos show Lydia Hendry, archaeologist, with Mayor Anton Dani; Mike Peberdy, and Alison Fairman.
The Big Dig has finally ended - but it's not all over yet!
A second Open Weekend saw many visitors to the site and to Hussey Tower, including 30 cub-scouts who enthusiastically enjoyed digging and washing their finds, and then eating a picnic lunch whilst the Knights put on a combat display.
Now the trenches have been filled in, but the archaeologists are still busy cataloguing the finds and drawing conclusions about medieval life here. Follow-up work with the seven participating schools is ongoing and some of their work will be on display in the Guildhall. We didn't find the site of the Hanse warehouse but there was lots of medieval pottery, shells and pieces of limestone. Fragments of French pottery show that we were trading at this time and layers of silt show that the area was repeatedly flooded.
There will be a closing event at the Guildhall on Thursday September 5th at 6pm. Put the date in your diary and, if you would like to attend, please email the secretary: email@example.com We'd love to see you there.
Local MP Matt Warman had this to say when he visited the Big Dig site on Friday
"The Hanse League is a hugely important part of Boston's heritage, linking the port to others around the world and shaping the geography of the town – a huge pleasure to visit the Big Dig in Bath Gardens this afternoon, seeing first-hand medieval links to France as well as modern day investment in building our communities and emphasising the many reasons for tourists to visit Boston"
See what we have found!
The Dig is now down to the medieval layers and we are finding samples of medieval pottery as well as lots of shells and animal bones. Children from seven schools have been taking part as well as adults from the local area and as far away as Hull, Leeds and Doncaster.
The first Big Dig Open Weekend (11/12 May 2019)
Nine year-old Imogen made the first significant find - a piece of 600-year-old medieval pottery! As well as digging and washing finds on the Dig site, visitors to the nearby Hussey Tower enjoyed seeing the Knights of Skirbeck and trying their hands at battling. Byron the blacksmith was there and there was geophysics going on as well! Don't worry if you missed it - there will be another Open Weekend on 8/9th June. And if you would like to have a go at digging there are a few spaces left. Just email: Lydia.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Big Dig is underway! (26 April 2019)
30 excited eight-year-olds were on site when the Mayor, Judith Skinner, officially opened the Big Dig in Bath Gardens. The children were enthusiastically digging, washing their finds and learning about archaeology from Lydia. What artefacts will turn up in the coming weeks? We'll keep you updated!