Leicester Cathedral Revealed – Searching for the medieval church

So far, our blogs have focused on the archaeological work for the Cathedral’s new heritage learning centre. This is only one part of the Leicester Cathedral Revealed project, and in his latest blog excavation director Mathew Morris updates us on the archaeological work going on inside the Cathedral. Our work inside the Cathedral is what…

Leicester Cathedral Revealed – A tragic case of manslaughter

BREAKING NEWS (well, 185 years ago!). We have an update about Leicester Cathedral Revealed’s first named individual, John Wilson Ottey. Site director Mathew Morris previously wrote about John Ottey last November and further research in newspaper archives has brought to light a tragic incident when he was a young man. The Leicestershire Mercury reported events…

Leicester Cathedral Revealed – Telling Leicester’s life stories

What can we learn from human skeletons and what do we want to learn from the individuals excavated from Leicester Cathedral? In our next blog, Dr Sarah Inskip from the University of Leicester, and Project Leader for the Tobacco Health and History project, explains what we hope to learn from the burials excavated during the…

Brewing, lead working and Roman rural life at Melbourne

Early in 2021, ULAS began an investigation of a small strip of land at Melbourne in South Derbyshire. A trial trench evaluation was commissioned prior to the construction of eights new homes. Day one of the evaluation fell on the first truly snowy day of the year, quite a contrast to the wet weather conditions…

Leicester archaeologists expand excavations at Leicester Cathedral site

The team behind the discovery of Richard III have resumed major archaeological excavations at Leicester Cathedral, close to where the King was found. Archaeologists and other experts from University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) are leading excavations on the site of the Old Song School, at the eastern end of Leicester Cathedral, which could reveal…

Leicester Cathedral Revealed – Church walls and hints of Roman remains

Over the past couple of months, we have been on site at the Cathedral intermittently monitoring the construction of the piling wall and other footings for the new Heritage Learning Centre. This work has given us a tantalising preview of what might lie beneath the graveyard. Site director Mathew Morris provides a new update… The…

Leicester Cathedral Revealed – It’s the coffin they’ll carry you off in

Time for another update from Leicester Cathedral Revealed. At present we are waiting to resume our excavation at Leicester Cathedral. Work hasn’t stopped, however, and over the past couple of months we’ve been on site as needed monitoring groundwork for the installation of the piling wall for the new Heritage Learning Centre. Work is also…

Leicester Cathedral Revealed – Anne Barratt (1786-1855)

Happy New Year everyone, and welcome back to our Leicester Cathedral Revealed updates. We have been back on site for a couple of weeks and we have now wrapped up Phase 1 of the excavation with a total of 124 burials excavated. Work has now moved back to construction and we will be back in…

Digging for Britain: Leicester archaeology projects to feature on BBC

Projects led by Leicester archaeologists are to be showcased on the new series of BBC Two’s primetime TV series Digging for Britain in the New Year. Three University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) projects from across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are to feature on the latest series, presented by Professor Alice Roberts. The major discovery…

Leicester Cathedral Revealed – John Wilson Ottey (1810-1851)

In our next update from our excavation at Leicester Cathedral, Mathew Morris tells us more about the first burial the archaeological team have identified by name. Putting names to the dead when they are skeletal remains is very difficult. The burials that we have excavated so far are all late 18th and early 19th century…

Encounters with Achilles: The Discovery of the Rutland Roman Villa

The Covid 19 Lockdown in 2020 forced many people to stay close to home for their recreational activities and also to find new interests to pursue.  For Jim Irvine a walk with his family on his father’s farmland was the start of a journey that led to the astounding discovery of an extensive Roman villa…