Archaeology summer school at Burrough Hill

Posted by mjs76 at Aug 09, 2011 05:49 PM |
School pupils join University of Leicester students in unearthing Iron Age remains.

This summer, second year students, distance learning students and researchers from our School of Archaeology and Ancient History have been working with staff from University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) on a dig at Burrough Hill, an Iron Age hill fort near Melton Mowbray.

For one week, the team was joined by pupils from three local schools - Riverside Community College, Hamilton Community College and The Lancaster School - who attended a five day residential 'Archaeology Summer School'.


Three days were spent digging at Burrough Hill where the artefacts uncovered included some human remains, a discovery which was featured on East Midlands Today. The remaining two days were spent on the University campus, participating in hands-on activities, talks and debates on archaeology. For many of the school pupils, this was not only an introduction to higher education but also their first ever contact with the field of archaeology.

Burrough Hill is the finest example of a large univallate (single banked) hillfort in Leicestershire and has protected status as a Scheduled Monument.

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