I was a part of the previous two archaeological digs in Boxford organised by the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (BARG) together with Cotswold Archaeology and the Boxford History Project. These digs allowed me to get some fantastic extra-curricular history onto my CV and UCAS Application. I was able to help discover a Roman corn dryer in 2016 and ‘the most exciting Roman mosaic for fifty years’ according to The Times in 2017, which made both the national and international press. As a result, I wanted to share the experience with the girls and teachers at school, and I was lucky enough to be able to organise for Lindsey Bedford (a member of BARG) to come in on Thursday, 25 January 2018 and give a presentation on the three community led digs that have taken place in Boxford over the last three years.
It was a great way to spend an hour after school, we had representation from both the lower and upper halves of the Senior School as well as staff. Lindsey was able to bring along a few of the finds after the dig last summer, which really helped to bring her talk to life and showed the girls the rewarding aspects of volunteer work and what you could be a part of. The talk was really informative, ranging from post holes to corridors and chalk to flint, there was definitely something to be learnt by all and I hope it will encourage girls to study Classics and potentially archaeology, both very rewarding pursuits.
I would like to say thank you to Lindsey for giving the talk and for bringing archaeology and Classics into the present day. I hope to see many St Gabriel's volunteers in Boxford for the second dig at Mud Hole in 2019. This year's dig has been nominated in 2018 Archaeology Awards as Research Project of the Year, you can vote for the dig at Boxford on https://www.archaeology.co.uk/vote, scroll down and select ‘Bellerophon in Boxford’. Recognition through an award will raise the profile of the dig and help fund future research in Boxford.
Philippa Lazarus, Head Girl and Classics Prefect