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About the project

In 2011, they got a £2million lottery grant to run an excavation. Volunteers from the local community helped and, together with the archaeologists, they found some fantastic artefacts - including 600-700 pieces of pottery, a very rare shoe pattern, animal bones, leather and a hairpin dating back to the 16th century.

The dig was a great success and along with uncovering a lot about Boston’s history it encouraged friendships, knowledge and was an enjoyable experience for all involved, including children like Thomas Ashton Cox who was eight at the time.

Project worker, Amanda Bond explained: “Thomas was really keen to learn all about archaeology and the site, and all that enthusiasm was very infectious; he was a very popular team member with the archaeologists and the other volunteers.”

The volunteers then worked on information panels to be installed in the town’s Market Place, as well as leaflets and a display for St Botolph’s Church.  For more information, click here http://www.bostonbigdig.org/

Boston Big Dig was funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund

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