On behalf of the Bedford Roman Villa Project, we would like to give special thanks to the landowners, Ranc Care Homes Ltd, who have generously permitted this fieldwork to take place and to Bedford-based Albion Archaeology who have provided support in terms of tools, recording material and professional advice. A number of their staff, especially Mike Luke, Senior Project Manager, have also worked on site for free.
We would also like to acknowledge the contributions of the Mayor and Bedford Borough Council for their logistical support, including staff to assist with some of the digging and backfilling, as well as providing tools and gazebos.
We would also like to thank Charles Wells Brewery who provided funding and Ward Councillors Colleen Atkins and Louise Jackson who have allocated their ward funds over several years. Also the enthusiasm of Councillors Roger Rigby and Luigi Reale. Together they have made an important financial contribution enabling this community project to move forward.
We would also like to single out the involvement of various local groups. These include the Bedfordshire Archaeological Council, an umbrella organisation providing a forum for all those groups involved in archaeology in the county and publisher of the journal Bedfordshire Archaeology.
In addition, the Bedford Architectural, Archaeological & Local History Society, a local organisation and registered charity for those interested in aspects of Bedford's heritage. The Upper Nene Archaeological Society, responsible for excavating Piddington Roman Villa since 1979, has also provided a pool of archaeological expertise, and the Birmingham Museums Trust
A special thanks also to Leighton Buzzard & District Archaeological & History Society and the Colmworth and Neighbours History Society whose volunteers have had a key role in the success of this project, and to the Bedford Modern School Archaeological Society, who have added to the overall knowledge of the site through their own satellite excavations.