Hoards, Hounds and Helmets – A conquest period ritual site at Hallaton, Leicestershire
The Hallaton hoards are among the most spectacular and important archaeological discoveries ever made in the East Midlands. They have completely rewritten our understanding of relations between Iron Age Britain and the Roman world in the period just before and after the Conquest in the first century AD and provide a new model for understanding other deposits of metalwork and coins from across late Iron Age Europe.
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Bronze Age Ceremonial Enclosures and Cremation Cemetery at Eye Kettleby, Leicestershire
Excavations at Eye Kettleby, near Melton Mowbray have revealed prehistoric activity spanning four millennia, from the Mesolithic to the late Bronze Age. A monumental landscape of ring ditches and enclosures emerged in the Early Bronze Age, later the site of a cremation cemetery, in use periodically over several centuries. In the late Bronze Age, two pit alignments marked a restructuring of the landscape with the establishment of a small settlement. An extensive radiocarbon dating programme has provided an unparalleled insight into the development of Bronze Age funerary practices in the region.
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Two Iron Age ‘Aggregated’ Settlements in the environs of Leicester
Excavations at Beaumont Leys and Humberstone, on the outskirts of Leicester, revealed two Iron Age ‘aggregated’ settlements, closely associated with long-lived linear boundaries. Both sites were predominantly involved with livestock farming and are significantly larger than other previously excavated settlements, with Humberstone being the largest Iron Age site yet found in Leicestershire. The scale and longevity of the two sites, spanning much of the Iron Age, is reflected in the material culture, which includes the largest pottery and animal bone assemblages from contemporary sites in the East Midlands.
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Debating Urbanism: Within and Beyond the Walls A.D. 300-700
Denis Sami & Gavin Speed (eds.)
This monograph contains papers presented at the conference Debating Urbanism: Within and Beyond the Walls A.D. 300-700, held at the University of Leicester in 2008. The papers presented by both archaeologists and historians offer new insights, theories, and methods into the study of changing urban forms in the late antique world.
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The Hemington Bridges: The excavation of three medieval bridges at Hemington Quarry, near Castle Donnington, Leicstershire
Susan Ripper & Lynden P. Cooper
Rescue excavations at Hemington Quarry, Leicestershire, between 1993-1998 allowed the recording of three successive medieval bridges preserved beneath gravel bar deposits and alluvium. This crossing over the River Trent was part of a major arterial route, the King’s Highway, linking London and the south to Derby and the north. This monograph presents the results of a multi-disciplinary study that examined the bridges’ structural technology, stone and woodworking practices, geomorphological context, chronology and historical context. Particular emphasis is placed upon the earliest structure, built c. AD 1097, this being a unique survival of Saxo-Norman timber engineering and vernacular architecture.
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Monument, Memory and Myth: Use and re-use of three Bronze Age Round Barrows at Cossington, Leicestershire
This monograph descibes the remains of three closely related Bronze Age round barrows excavated during gravel quarrying at Cossington, Leicestershire. Together the three barrows offer an important addition to our understanding of the enduring significance of such monuments, not only for the original users, but for following generations.
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The Prehistory of the East Midlands Claylands
Leicester Archaeology Monograph 9
The extensive claylands of the East Midlands have seen little research and do not figure greatly in prehistoric studies. Despite their long subsequent histories of successful arable and pastoral farming these areas have traditionally been considered to have largely remained woodland or marginal areas before the Roman period. However the results of fieldwork over the last 25 years has begun to challenge this view.
The research presented in this publication has revolutionised our perception of the East Midlands’ prehistory. In examining the evidence at a regional level together with extensive and intensive surveys, some undertaken by the local community archaeology groups, it has shown that, far from being marginal areas, much of this region’s claylands were successfully exploited and settled by prehistoric communities from the Mesolithic to the late Iron Age. The research has implications for our understanding of prehistoric settlement in areas which are less archaeologically invisible.
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The Archaeology of Rutland Water
Leicester Archaeology Monograph 6
The Archaeology of Rutland Water, detailing the rescue excavations around the construction of the reservoir in the early 1970’s.
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Roman and Medieval Occupation in Causeway Lane, Leicester
Aileen Connor & Richard Buckley
Leicester Archaeology Monograph 5
The archaeological excavation at Causeway Lane was one of the largest to be undertaken within the historic core of Roman and medieval Leicester. The location of the site – at the intersection of two Roman streets – has provided a rare opportunity to examine changing land-use for parts of three insulae in an area of the town which has seen comparatively little archaeological excavation. Occupation – essentially domestic in character – spans from the first to the fourth century AD, with some evidence for the transition to the Anglo Saxon period. For the medieval period, evidence for the survival of Roman fabric into the 12th century has emerged whilst the linear distribution of pits, together with evidence for a timber building, has attested intensive 12th – 13th century occupation in narrow plots for the first time in this part of the town.
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