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

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

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

The house that Herrick built

By now, the history of the Grey Friars and its role as the burial place of King Richard III is widely known, but what happened after the friary closed in 1538? Over the next 30 years the church was pulled down and the remaining buildings were left to gradually decay, providing a useful quarry of building stone for Leicester’s inhabitants. The site passed through a … Continue reading The house that Herrick built

Archaeologists return to Roman mosaic site

In Autumn 2014, ULAS archaeologists returned to a site in Leicester, that they first investigated in 2012, to carry out a second phase of work. The site is on the corner of Highcross Street and Vaughan Way, between All Saints’ Church and the John Lewis multistory car-park. In 2012, archaeologists excavated seven trenches in order to characterise the extent and date of any archaeology on … Continue reading Archaeologists return to Roman mosaic site

Rediscovering Coleorton Pottery

Monitoring of the clearance of the former Coleorton Pottery site at Lount in north-west Leicestershire in 2012 has given ULAS archaeologists a rare opportunity to excavate a series of 19th and early 20th century kilns in the county, which has far fewer recorded potteries than Staffordshire or Derbyshire. The Coleorton Pottery was established in 1836 by Sir George Howland Willoughby Beaumont of Coleorton Hall and … Continue reading Rediscovering Coleorton Pottery

Medieval Coventry revealed in city’s Heatline Project

During the first half of 2013, ULAS carried out an intermittent inspection of extensive groundwork in the historic south-east quarter of medieval Coventry during the installation of the city’s new district heating system pipeline. Although Lady Godiva remains elusive, slight archaeological remains dating from the medieval period through to the 19th century were observed in several different locations throughout the work, on Whitefriars Lane, Grove … Continue reading Medieval Coventry revealed in city’s Heatline Project