Largest archaeological excavation in Leicester in over a decade to open to public

University of Leicester Archaeological Services are currently excavating the site of the former Stibbe factory, between Great Central Street and Highcross Street in central Leicester. The land is owned by Charles Street Buildings group, which has made the site available and financially supported the archaeological excavation ahead of a major planned development of the site. Key discoveries include the remains of one of the largest … Continue reading Largest archaeological excavation in Leicester in over a decade to open to public

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

ULAS photogrammetry projects now viewable via Sketchfab

Sophisticated photogrammetry is being widely used by archaeologists today because it provides a quick, extremely versatile and cost-effective method of recording and analysing complex objects and surfaces using software that turns multiple normal two-dimensional digital photographs into a three-dimensional model. During recent excavations at Southgates in Leicester, archaeologists at University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) used this technique to record a number of complicated archaeological … Continue reading ULAS photogrammetry projects now viewable via Sketchfab

Iron Age settlement found near Welford, Northamptonshire

ULAS archaeologists have recovered Iron Age pottery and found evidence of a roundhouse at Welford in Northamptonshire. Last year, an initial nine trench evaluation of a site at Newlands Road in Welford identified several features of Iron Age date including ditches, pits and a narrow gully. The site has now been stripped of soil under archaeological control, exposing a roundhouse, further structural evidence and part … Continue reading Iron Age settlement found near Welford, Northamptonshire

University archaeologists nominated for national research award

Burrough Hill Project up for Current Archaeology Awards. University of Leicester archaeologists are in the running for a hat-trick of awards having been nominated in the ‘Research Project of the Year’ category for the prestigious Current Archaeology Awards for the second time in recent years. In 2013 the award was won by the Greyfriars Project & the discovery of Richard III and last year Dr … Continue reading University archaeologists nominated for national research award

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

Public Open Days at Bradgate Park Excavation

This weekend ULAS are opening up their ongoing excavations in Bradgate Park to the public. Over the autumn and winter archaeologists from University of Leicester Archaeological Services are excavating an internationally significant Late Upper Palaeolithic open-air site in the park. Tomorrow, Saturday 5rd December, and on Sunday 6th December the team will be on site between 10am and 4pm working, talking about their discoveries and … Continue reading Public Open Days at Bradgate Park Excavation

Restoration of fire-damaged 18th century factory reveals Roman building

Recent archaeological investigations by ULAS at Friar’s Mill site in Leicester uncover evidence of well-preserved Roman building beneath factory complex. Friar’s Mill, a disused mill complex on the banks of the River Soar, is currently undergoing a £6.3milllion redevelopment scheme to bring it back into use as a base for local businesses. The city council-led project will provide new space for small to medium sized … Continue reading Restoration of fire-damaged 18th century factory reveals Roman building

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

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