Bringing Our Past to Life with the Festival of Archaeology 2017

Take part in the UK’s largest archaeology festival and help bring our past to life. The programme for this year’s Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology has been announced. Come and take part in the UK’s largest archaeology festival and help bring our past to life. Between Saturday 15th and Sunday 30th July over 80 events will be held across Leicestershire and Rutland celebrating the … Continue reading Bringing Our Past to Life with the Festival of Archaeology 2017

Lifting Begins on the fine Roman mosaic

The first piece of the fine Roman mosaic has been lifted at our large city-centre excavation at the site of the former Stibbe factory, between Great Central Street and Highcross Street in Leicester. The mosaic is one of the largest and highest-status Roman mosaic floors ever found in the city, it formed part of a large high-status townhouse (3D model and further pictures here). The … Continue reading Lifting Begins on the fine Roman mosaic

New community archaeology project in town associated with King Richard III receives funding

A new community archaeology project that provides residents the opportunity to carry out excavations in order to learn more about their town’s history has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The Market Bosworth Society in partnership with the University of Leicester has been awarded a grant of £29,000 for their ‘Bosworth Links’ community archaeology project, it was announced today (10 May). Over the … Continue reading New community archaeology project in town associated with King Richard III receives funding

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

Bronze Age barrow and Anglo-Saxon cemetery discovered at Rothley, Leicestershire

ULAS project investigates how different generations have re-used ancient sacred places. Archaeologists from the University of Leicester have recently excavated a Bronze Age barrow and Anglo-Saxon cemetery under former allotments at Rothley in Leicestershire. The project has offered a rare opportunity to investigate how different generations have re-used ancient sacred places, with Iron Age and Anglo-Saxon people possibly making connections with Bronze Age barrow builders … Continue reading Bronze Age barrow and Anglo-Saxon cemetery discovered at Rothley, Leicestershire

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