School building (unofficially!) renamed after Kathleen Kenyon

Part of our International Women's Day celebrations

We're pleased to announce that the School of Archaeology and Ancient History has been (unofficially) renamed after Dame Kathleen Kenyon, archaeological legend and female pioneer. Staff and students gathered on Wednesday to paint the banner used to rename the building, which is now on display outside the department.

The artwork represents Kathleen Kenyon's directorship of the excavations at Jewry Wall in Leicester. This year also marks the 80th anniversary of the final year of the project which saw the site being saved from development and provided an opportunity for her to continue to develop her rigorous methodology which was well suited to the urban site. The University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) has put together this brilliant blog post if you'd like to know more about the excavations and Dame Kathleen's legacy.

We hope you agree that renaming the School after this brilliant woman is a fitting tribute and, rest assured, we'll be working with the University to ensure this dedication becomes a permanent and official one.

If you'd like a peek into our activities celebrating International Women's Day this week, check out our Twitter, Facebook, and brand new Instagram pages for photos and more info.

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