Exploring the past with Leicester archaeologists
Each year the Council for British Archaeology co-ordinates a fortnight of events across the country under the banner of The Festival of British Archaeology. As always, experts from our School of Archaeology and Ancient History and University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) are sharing their knowledge throughout the Festival.
Here’s a selection of local events with University staff involvement. For more details of these and other events, visit the main Festival website.
Part of the Kings Highway – Medieval Hemington Bridge Timbers
Saturday 16 July, Snibston
Fascinating talk about the excavation, significance and preservation of the nationally-important Hemington bridge timbers by experts from the University of Leicester and Leicestershire County Museums Service.
Saturday 16 July, Melton Carnegie Museum
An informative insight by ULAS Project Archaeologist John Thomas who was involved in last summer's excavation of the Iron Age hillfort at Burrough.
Burrough Hill Guided Walk
Monday 18 July, Burrough Hill
Burrough Hill is Leicestershire’s finest hillfort, dating from the Iron Age with evidence of Roman activity. 2011 sees the second year of a projected 5 year programme to explore the site’s history. This is your chance to see the excavations and be shown round the site by Dr Jeremy Taylor of the University of Leicester
An Introduction to the Archaeology and History of Abbey Park
Thursday 21 July, Abbey Park
Displays on the archaeology of Leicester’s parks and works of John Flower ‘The Leicester Artist’ - includes display material provided by the University of Leicester. Plus guided walk and talk of Abbey ruins and recent archaeological findings, led by Richard Buckley of ULAS.
Guided tour around Leicester Castle and the Newarke
Tuesday 26 July, departs from statue of Richard III in Castle Gardens
In joint venture between ULAS, Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society (LAHS) and Leicester City Council, a guided walk will be led by Richard Buckley and Neil Finn of ULAS/LAHS around the site of Leicester Castle and the Newarke telling the story of these two important monuments from historical sources, archaeological investigations and historic building analysis.