Final chances to view Leicester’s largest archaeological excavation in over a decade

Posted by er134 at May 12, 2017 10:14 AM |
Additional opportunities for public to visit city centre dig site on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 12 May 2017

Images taken during the dig available to download at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xw5egbtlgl2usfl/AACL5KIYBa2eJqlhHAFtmD3ia?dl=0

A 3D model of the mosaic: https://skfb.ly/6ps9y

Due to huge demand, University of Leicester archaeologists have announced further opportunities for members of the public to view the largest archaeological excavation in Leicester in over a decade on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May 2017.

A limited number of free tickets will be made available at 8am on Sunday 14 May via Eventbrite.

Over 3,000 visitors have flocked to see the work being carried out by University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) on the former Stibbe factory site, between Great Central Street and Highcross Street in central Leicester.

The original open days proved so popular it prompted the team to extend the public viewing sessions for an additional five days.

These new dates on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May 2017 will be the final chance for people to see the largest Roman mosaic in Leicester found in over 150 years (before it is lifted and conserved), along with Roman buildings, streets, and artefacts.

Over 300 schoolchildren will be visiting the site during the week to learn more about the city’s past from the archaeologists.

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.

A series of free 15 minute tours by the archaeologists have been organised throughout the weekend of the 20 and 21 May for which tickets must be booked in advance. Tours will be given in batches of 20. Entry is by advanced ticket only so please bring the printed tickets with you on the day. The site entrance is on Great Central Street, off Vaughan Way.

Tickets for Saturday 20 May (between 10-4pm) will be available at: http://bit.ly/2pC1C41

Tickets for Sunday 21 May (between 11-3pm) will be available at: http://bit.ly/2pC67v8

 

More about the excavation: https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/press-releases/2017/april/largest-archaeological-excavation-in-leicester-in-over-10-years-open-to-public

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Notes to editors:

Media contacts

Gavin Speed: gs50@leicester.ac.uk

Richard Buckley: rjb16@leicester.ac.uk

Joe Murphy, Charles Street Buildings group: Joseph.Murphy@csbgroup.co.uk

Jon Evans, Leicester City Council: Jon.Evans@leicester.gov.uk

More information about the dig at: https://ulasnews.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/largest-archaeological-excavation-in-leicester-in-over-a-decade-to-open-to-public

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