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Castle Hill Community Dig Blog 3: What we know so far…

Well that’s it for this year. Excavation is complete, records are finalised, finds are washed (mostly), we’ve bid a sad farewell to our fantastic volunteers, packed everything up, backfilled the site and gone home. It has been a very productive second week. With the trenches cleaned up, the focus this week has been on recording the archaeology – plans, sections, contexts sheets, site photography, using … Continue reading Castle Hill Community Dig Blog 3: What we know so far…

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Castle Hill Community Dig Blog 2: A successful first week…

The first thing to say is, we have archaeology, lots of archaeology. Last Thursday, in thick fog I supervised the digger machining open the three trenches that we will be investigating over the next couple of weeks. This is a tense moment. Before you break ground, you have no idea what you’re going to find or how deep it is going to be.  Surprisingly, the … Continue reading Castle Hill Community Dig Blog 2: A successful first week…

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Castle Hill Community Dig Blog 1: A bit of background

Hi everyone, welcome to the first blog for the Castle Hill Community Excavation. Over the next couple of weeks we will be posting updates here and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ulasnews) to keep you up to date with what we are finding. First, a little bit about what we will be doing. What is happening? Leicester City Council and University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) are teaming … Continue reading Castle Hill Community Dig Blog 1: A bit of background

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New dig will explore story of Castle Hill

University of Leicester Archaeological Services will be working with Leicester City Council to explore an enigmatic monument in one of the city’s Country Parks. The ancient monument at the heart of Leicester’s Castle Hill Country Park is due to be investigated later this month as part of a community archaeological project. Leicester City Council and University of Leicester Archaeology Services (ULAS) have teamed up to … Continue reading New dig will explore story of Castle Hill

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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

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Archaeologists digitally reconstruct King Richard III’s grave

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester have used sophisticated photogrammetry software to create an interactive digital model of King Richard III’s grave. The fully rotatable computer model, created by University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) shows the king’s remains in-situ as they were found during the 2012 archaeological excavation. Using photographs taken during the project, sophisticated photogrammetry software has been used to create an accurate … Continue reading Archaeologists digitally reconstruct King Richard III’s grave

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New evidence of Roman and medieval Leicester revealed beneath former city centre bus depot

University of Leicester team reveals insights into Roman and medieval domestic life beneath former city centre bus depot. Archaeologists from University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) have unearthed new evidence of Roman and medieval Leicester after recently completing the excavation of two areas at the former Southgates Bus Depot, on the corner of Southgates and Peacock Lane in the centre of Leicester. Archaeologists, led by … Continue reading New evidence of Roman and medieval Leicester revealed beneath former city centre bus depot

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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

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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

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Marston Trussell: life in a medieval village

Situated halfway between Market Harborough and Husbands Bosworth, on the Northamptonshire side of the River Welland, is the sleepy little village of Marston Trussell. The village is first mentioned in the Domesday Book (AD 1086) as Mersitone, meaning marsh settlement; the Trussell family presumably adding their name to the village after they became lords of the manor in the 13th century. Today, the village is … Continue reading Marston Trussell: life in a medieval village