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Harlow Museum boosted by archaeology grant

History / Mon 8th Jun 2015 at 10:40am

A NEW project by Harlow Museum telling the story of the discovery of the town’s Roman temple site has been awarded a grant of almost £4,000 by the Essex Heritage Trust.between the museum, Oxford

University archeology department and local experts secured the funding which will be used to make existing documentation more publicly available by converting it into an electronic format.

Work will begin later this month on collating and digitising the archive of the major 1980s excavations at the temple site in River Way, which were led Richard Bartlett.

These excavations established the substantial time-depth of activity at the site, including ritual and funerary evidence spanning the Bronze Age to early medieval periods.

Mr Bartlett died soon after the fieldwork was completed and the results were never fully published. The new project will be led by archaeologists from Essex County Council and Oxford University, together with museum volunteers who have curated the archive over the past decade.

The resulting digital archive will be safeguarded and made accessible to the public for future research by the Archaeological Data Service.

Digital images and text from the project will feed into new displays and leaflets at both the museum and the Science Alive facility at Harlow Leisurezone as well as, potentially, the temple site itself.

Science Alive chief executive Jon O’Connor said: “Harlow Museum looks after local archive material, some of which is of real national significance. Obviously, we’re thrilled to have an opportunity to celebrate its work in this way.

“Overall, the project marks a giant step towards the future publication of this significant excavation, a strategy for which will be another key outcome.”

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