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

New Roman mosaic uncovered in Leicester

Dig reveals exciting new evidence for Leicester’s Roman past. Archaeologists from ULAS are currently excavating a large site on the corner of Highcross Street and Vaughan Way, next to the John Lewis car park. The project, which has been running since November, is uncovering exciting new evidence for Leicester’s Roman past, including evidence for a Roman street, and a Roman house once floored with mosaic … Continue reading New Roman mosaic uncovered in Leicester

Excavation of Roman Cemetery in Leicester up for Current Archaeology Award

For the second year running a project led by University of Leicester archaeologists has been nominated in the Current Archaeology Awards, this year in the category ‘Rescue Project of the Year’. The project, Buried between Road and River: Investigating a Roman cemetery in Leicester (reported on in Current Archaeology Issue 319), investigated part of a large Roman cemetery in Leicester’s West End. Between 2010 and … Continue reading Excavation of Roman Cemetery in Leicester up for Current Archaeology Award

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…

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…

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

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

Rare discovery of late Roman official buried in Leicester

Archaeologists from ULAS have recently excavated a late Roman cemetery at Western Road in Leicester’s West End. Amongst the eighty-three skeletons recorded by the team, one burial is proving to be very exciting. The simple grave in question had been dug into mudstone on the west bank of the River Soar, to the south-west of the Roman town close to the important road known as … Continue reading Rare discovery of late Roman official buried in Leicester

Free history day at Jewry Wall Museum this Sunday 10th July

This year’s Festival of Archaeology kicks off with an exciting free family friendly event at Jewry Wall Museum in Leicester called ‘Bringing Our Past To Life’ on Sunday July 10th (11am-4pm). The event draws on the tradition of popular events at the Museum in the late 1980’s and 90’s that are fondly remembered by many visitors. There will be a chance to meet early and … Continue reading Free history day at Jewry Wall Museum this Sunday 10th July

Bringing our past to life at Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology

Members of the public are invited to help bring out past to life by taking part in the UK’s largest archaeology festival and this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than before. The programme for this year’s Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology has now been announced with over 70 events to be held across Leicestershire and Rutland between Saturday 16th and Sunday … Continue reading Bringing our past to life at Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology