Guildhall Museum free history days present ancient artefacts

Boston is the focus tomorrow (Wednesday, June 26) and on Thursday of two important archaeological events at the Guildhall Museum.

Tomorrow, from 3.30pm to 6.30pm, ancient artefacts from the Triton Knoll wind farm onshore substation excavations will be on display. They reveal items spanning thousands of years, revealing a unique insight into the history of the local landscape.

Discoveries including a skeleton, Bronze Age axe head, Roman pottery, ancient farming tools and pieces of a musical instrument, were unearthed as a result of detailed archaeological investigations.

Activities will include presentations by members of the archaeology team at 3.45pm, 4.30pm, 5.15pm and 6pm.

There will be 3D imagery bringing to life what the finds represent and how the area would have looked and interactive educational activities.

Allen Archaeology will host children’s interactive activities on a drop-in basis. This will include sandpit-based digging activity (best suited to ages 6-12 years) and a Cluedo-style skeleton game (all ages). The objective is to introduce children to the science of archaeology and learn more about Roman finds.

Members of the project team will also be available to answer any questions relating to the project.

Further archaeology events will be taking place along the cable route, details of which will be posted on the Triton Knoll website.

On Thursday a Finds Day and Exhibition on the Boston Extensive Urban Survey will be held from 10.30am.

Boston is one of 30 Lincolnshire towns taking part in the Lincolnshire Extensive Urban Survey. The project will bring together new and old archaeological information, and will, for the first time, show how 30 Lincolnshire towns have changed since the Middle Ages.

Run by Lincolnshire County Council and funded by Historic England, the Lincolnshire Extensive Urban Survey (EUS) is part of a national programme which aims to understand how and why towns have developed in the way they have.

It brings together information, mapping and evidence – both old and new- looking at how Lincolnshire towns have grown to be what you see today, increasing knowledge and understanding of the heritage, development and character of these areas.

Nicola Grayson from Lincolnshire County Council, who is leading the work, said: “We have such a rich heritage in Lincolnshire, so were really spoilt for choice on which towns to choose. We’ve chosen a real spread of locations – from historic market towns to large seaside destinations.

“The aim is to produce a geographical information system (GIS) map for each town showing the county’s residential settlements from the roman period to the present day. This can then be used to help planners make decisions about future land use, and promote sympathetic developments.”

David McOmish, social analyst at Historic England, comments: “Historic England is really excited to be working in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council on this project. The research will lead to a much better understanding of the historical development of the county’s towns and it is really encouraging to see the Council team working with local schools and communities to deliver the ambitious aims of the project.