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

Injured soldiers work with ULAS staff in unique Cypriot archaeological project

UK Forces personnel, who have been injured mentally or physically on operations or in other circumstances, join university students and staff at ancient Roman harbour. A unique collaboration between archaeologists and injured Service personnel sees them pitted in a race against time to discover the secrets of an ancient Roman harbour in Cyprus before they are lost forever to the sea. On the shores of … Continue reading Injured soldiers work with ULAS staff in unique Cypriot archaeological project

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

New discoveries made at Jewry Wall Museum

ULAS archaeologists discover more hidden history at Jewry Wall Roman Baths. Archaeologists from the University of Leicester have uncovered a wealth of history hidden beneath the earth around the Jewry Wall Museum. The team from ULAS, led by Gavin Speed, has already unearthed Roman walls, pottery and human remains during exploratory work at the popular city attraction, near St Nicolas Circle. It is part of … Continue reading New discoveries made at Jewry Wall Museum

Herculaneum: Past Perfect, Future Conditional

LEICESTERSHIRE ARCHAEOLOGICAL & HISTORICAL SOCIETY presents on THURSDAY 10th MARCH, 7.30PM at NEW WALK MUSEUM, LEICESTER THE W. ALAN NORTH MEMORIAL LECTURE 2016 “HERCULANEUM: PAST PERFECT, FUTURE CONDITIONAL” A lecture by PROFESSOR ANDREW WALLACE-HADRILL University of Cambridge Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, OBE, FBA, FSA is Professor of Roman Studies and Director of Research in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge. He was Director … Continue reading Herculaneum: Past Perfect, Future Conditional

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

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

Iron Age settlement found near Brixworth in Northamptonshire

In 2014, archaeologists from ULAS investigated a 7 hectare area of agricultural land situated between the A508 and Pitsford Reservoir, just south of Brixworth in Northamptonshire. The evaluation was undertaken as part of an archaeological impact assessment in advance of proposed residential development. Work targeted previously identified geophysical anomalies and revealed an array of archaeological features, including ditches, gullies and post-holes. These appear to represent … Continue reading Iron Age settlement found near Brixworth in Northamptonshire