After seven successful weeks on site, the Hanse Big Dig has now drawn to a close, with the project receiving rave reviews, yielding great results and even winning awards.
Developed by the Boston Hanse Group and working with Heritage Lincolnshire’s archaeological team (Archaeological Project Services), the project saw over 300 people taking part, including 8 local schools, the Boston cubs and Scott House. Work focussed on excavating an area near Bath Gardens, in search of the earliest evidence for Boston’s Medieval Hanseatic past, with ongoing training and supervision provided by professional archaeologists.
A substantial number of finds were recovered and some exciting discoveries made including a green glazed skillet and other medieval pottery and these will be on display in Boston’s Guildhall museum until August. Lydia Hendry, Archaeological Project Service’s Community Archaeologist said, “It’s been a really engaging project, with so many local residents taking part in the excavation and learning about archaeological techniques as well as about Boston’s historic past. I hope everyone who took part has enjoyed the experience and will want to visit the Guildhall to see the display and get involved in future opportunities to learn more about the town’s rich heritage.“
This opportunity is just one of a number of projects currently taking place in the town which highlight the significance of Boston’s past. A new initiative underway in the town centre is looking to build on the importance of its historic environment and is seeking young people to get involved as part of a newly created Boston Youth Heritage Board. The Town Heritage Programme is keen to recruit young people aged 14 plus and work with the project manager to help share and celebrate Boston’s history. Matt Bentley, the Conservation Manager for Boston Borough Council said, “This is an ideal opportunity for local young people interested in Boston’s past to get involved in directly influencing the direction of key aspects of this project. The time commitment required would be no more than an hour a week for a minimum of 3 months and is perfect for anyone needing a volunteering opportunity for their Duke of Edinburgh award or someone engaged in community work.”
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