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

Rare decorated Iron Age chariot fittings found at Burrough Hill hillfort

University of Leicester archaeologists have made a ‘once-in-a-career’ discovery of the decorated bronze remains of an Iron Age chariot. A team from ULAS and the University’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History has unearthed a hoard of rare bronze fittings from a 2nd or 3rd century BC chariot which appears to have been buried as a religious offering.  The archaeologists found the remains during their … Continue reading Rare decorated Iron Age chariot fittings found at Burrough Hill hillfort

Burrough Hill 2014

After five years, this summer saw the final season of excavations at Burrough Hill. John Thomas reports: this year, the Project aimed to tie up a few niggling questions that have developed over the years and have another look at the external settlement, previously looked at in 2011. Trench 10 was located in the centre of the hillfort to examine a large amorphous blob revealed … Continue reading Burrough Hill 2014

ULAS collects Queen’s Anniversary Prize

On 27 February, ten members of the university led by the Chancellor Lord Grocott and the Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. These prestigious biennial awards are the highest form of national recognition open to a UK academic or vocational institution and a mark of the outstanding work at world-class … Continue reading ULAS collects Queen’s Anniversary Prize

Burrough Hill 2013

Earlier this summer, John Thomas and Andrew Hyam got the 2013 season of fieldwork at Burrough Hill Iron Age Hillfort underway with a survey of areas of erosion around the earthworks; before Natural England and other interested parties attempted to restore them. Following on from that, preparation began to machine two new areas of study ready for the first batch of students to begin excavating … Continue reading Burrough Hill 2013