Public meeting over upcoming dig into Boston’s medieval past

A cog ' a vessel that would have been a familiar sight in Boston as part of its connections to the Hanseatic League.
A cog ' a vessel that would have been a familiar sight in Boston as part of its connections to the Hanseatic League.

A public meeting is to be held in Boston on Thursday, November 22 to launch an archaeology project aiming to discover more about the town’s medieval history.

Boston Hanse Group will hold the event at the Guildhall, in South Street, at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

The project – Boston’s Big Dig – will take place in May of next year and give residents the chance to get involved with an archeological dig near the River Witham.

The dig aims to plug a gap in our understanding of the town’s involvement with the Hanseatic League.

This was an alliance of traders and merchants from Northern Germany, the Baltic states and Lowland Europe, which brought great prosperity to Boston in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Boston was among the East of England ports which provided quarters for merchants and counting houses or ‘steelyards’ to facilitate fair trade.

The project aims to establish the exact location of Boston’s steelyard, with most evidence suggesting it was sited by the river around South Terrace and the remains of the old swimming baths.

You can learn more at www.bostonhanse.co.uk