Bronze Age barrow and Anglo-Saxon cemetery discovered at Rothley, Leicestershire

ULAS project investigates how different generations have re-used ancient sacred places. Archaeologists from the University of Leicester have recently excavated a Bronze Age barrow and Anglo-Saxon cemetery under former allotments at Rothley in Leicestershire. The project has offered a rare opportunity to investigate how different generations have re-used ancient sacred places, with Iron Age and Anglo-Saxon people possibly making connections with Bronze Age barrow builders … Continue reading Bronze Age barrow and Anglo-Saxon cemetery discovered at Rothley, Leicestershire

Free history day at Jewry Wall Museum this Sunday 10th July

This year’s Festival of Archaeology kicks off with an exciting free family friendly event at Jewry Wall Museum in Leicester called ‘Bringing Our Past To Life’ on Sunday July 10th (11am-4pm). The event draws on the tradition of popular events at the Museum in the late 1980’s and 90’s that are fondly remembered by many visitors. There will be a chance to meet early and … Continue reading Free history day at Jewry Wall Museum this Sunday 10th July

Bringing our past to life at Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology

Members of the public are invited to help bring out past to life by taking part in the UK’s largest archaeology festival and this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than before. The programme for this year’s Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology has now been announced with over 70 events to be held across Leicestershire and Rutland between Saturday 16th and Sunday … Continue reading Bringing our past to life at Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology

Bradgate Park excavations to be revealed at archaeology discovery day

Free public event to explore new findings at popular attraction on Sunday 3 July. Members of the public are invited to learn about the latest archaeological discoveries being made by our University’s Archaeology fieldschool at Bradgate Park, Leicestershire, during a free family Open Day on Sunday 3 July between 11.00am – 4.00pm. Academics, professional archaeologists and students from the University’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History are … Continue reading Bradgate Park excavations to be revealed at archaeology discovery day

Evidence of Ice Age hunter-gatherers excavated in Bradgate Park

New excavation in Bradgate Park, Leicestershire, saves flint artefacts from impact of erosion. After being hidden for nearly 15,000 years, the lives of Ice Age hunter-gatherers who migrated to Europe to benefit from warmer climes are being revealed in an archaeological dig at a very rare site in Bradgate Park, Leicestershire. The Bradgate Park Trust has commissioned University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) to begin  … Continue reading Evidence of Ice Age hunter-gatherers excavated in Bradgate Park

Archaeology discovery day to unearth Bradgate Park’s mysteries

Free public event to explore new findings at popular attraction to take place on Saturday 27 June. Come and learn about the latest archaeological discoveries being made at Leicestershire’s Bradgate Park by School of Archaeology and ULAS archaeologists during a free family Open Day on Saturday 27 June, between 11.00am – 4.00pm. The many mysteries of Leicestershire’s 850-acre deer park will be explored by the archaeological team over … Continue reading Archaeology discovery day to unearth Bradgate Park’s mysteries

Archaeological fieldschool launched at Bradgate Park

Archaeologists set to unearth secrets from the Stone Age through to the Second World War at popular county attraction. The many mysteries of Leicestershire’s 850-acre deer park are set to be explored by archaeologists at the University of Leicester over the next five years with the launch of a fieldschool at Bradgate Park. The public park in Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire, best known as the location … Continue reading Archaeological fieldschool launched at Bradgate Park

Medieval hospital revealed in Leicester’s Cathedral Gardens

In 2013 and 2014 archaeologists from ULAS carried out a series of watching briefs during the construction of ‘Cathedral Gardens’ a new public open space located to the south and west of Leicester Cathedral. As part of this development, various ground-works were undertaken within both the graveyard of Leicester Cathedral and the St Martins House carpark.  Within the carpark lay the site of Wyggeston’s Hospital, … Continue reading Medieval hospital revealed in Leicester’s Cathedral Gardens

Secrets beneath Jubilee Square revealed

In 2013 and 2014 archaeologists from ULAS carried out a series of watching briefs during construction of Leicester’s new Jubilee Square. The site, at St Nicholas Place is in the historic heart of the Roman city and later medieval borough. In the Roman period much of the site was occupied by the southern and eastern ranges of one of Leicester’s most important public buildings, the … Continue reading Secrets beneath Jubilee Square revealed

‘Grant me the carving of my name’

What a week! Leicester rose to the occasion and reburied King Richard III with style; a perfect blend of solemnity and pageantry, mixing the old and the new with dignity and honour. I’m not one for writing a sentimental eulogy for the project that has dominated the last two and a half years of my life, but forgive me if this turns out as such. … Continue reading ‘Grant me the carving of my name’