University of Leicester welcomes public to historic dig

Posted by uatemp13 at Jun 25, 2013 10:10 AM |
Public invited to open day as Burrough Hill reveals historical secrets
University of Leicester welcomes public to historic dig

Archaeologists at work on the Burrough Hill dig

Want to see one of the finest Iron Age hillforts in Britain? Well, on Sunday 30 June (11am—4pm) the University opens its doors to one of the biggest digs in recent years. The event boasts not only a display of the masses of artefacts found at the site, from roman pottery to animal bones to metalwork, but also a troupe of historical re-enactors to help visitors experience life in an Iron Age fort.

Despite its importance, the site has been relatively unknown from its ancient beginnings to the present day—but the dig, now in its fourth year, has yielded a wealth of information. This year, the team aim to trace the fort’s history back even further—to the Bronze Age.

Project Director John Thomas from the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) said: “It is such a privilege to be able to work on an archaeological site like Burrough Hill and our work is helping to increase understanding of how the site developed and the lives of people who lived there over 2,000 years ago. Each season of excavation has revealed new and exciting evidence that we can share with visitors to the site.”

Recent excavations have also uncovered Iron Age roundhouses and the remains of a wall, indicating that the fort was occupied several hundred years after the main period of the hillfort’s use.

Sunday’s event will give the public the opportunity to share in these breakthroughs and partake in a variety of events, boasting guided tours, Celtic stories and even the opportunity for visitors to mint their own Iron Age coin.

For further information please visit the Burrough Hill Project website