Anstey’s Big Dig Talk

Today we’re in Anstey to hear all about the Big Dig which took place in July.

This is a great opportunity to hear about what was discovered over the weekend and to hear more about the test-pits that were undertaken subsequently. We’re looking forward to hearing about how the project is progressing and particularly
how our YAC’s helped out over the two days!




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Members Survey 2013 – 2014

Calling all members!

We would love your feedback on your experience of YAC this year.

  • What have we been doing well?
  • What could we do better?
  • What have you enjoyed the most?
  • What would you like us to do in the future?

Please complete our on-line survey

Thank you!

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40,000 years old Cave Paintings in Indonesia

Up until now the oldest cave paintings have always been found in Western Europe (Lascaux, France or Altamira, Spain or Creswell Crags, England).

On the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, Australian and Indonesian scientists have dated layers of stalactite growths that have formed over coloured outlines of human hands.

Early artists made them by carefully blowing paint around hands that were pressed tightly against the cave walls and ceilings.

This discovery of paintings at opposite ends of the globe, suggests the origin of art is further back in time in Africa, before modern humans spread across the rest of the world.

Read the BBC Story, watch a video and view all the pictures: Cave paintings change ideas about origins of art

Wild Pig This painting, from Bone, is of a variety a wild endemic dwarfed bovid found only in Sulawesi, which the inhabitants probably hunted

Wild Pig
This painting, from Bone, is of a variety a wild endemic dwarfed bovid found only in Sulawesi, which the inhabitants probably hunted

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Calke Abbey Limeyards

We hope you enjoyed our latest meeting at Calke Abbey, looking around what remains of the lime yards and other industries in the area.  The post is now available to view with photo’s and a recap of what we discovered last Saturday.


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Replica bronze age boat takes to the sea | Meridian – ITV News

A replica bronze age boat, made of oak and Moss, successful said around the Kent coast.

See video on ITV news replica bronze age boat

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Stonehenge Landscape Discovery

17 new monuments have been found within the Stonehenge landscape in Wiltshire.  Archaeologist have used remote sensing over a 4 year project, to see what hidden pre-history secrets are still left to be discovered.


Read the article and see the maps on New Map Reveals Stonehenge’s Hidden Landscape

stone henge landscape

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Who is the best English Queens?

BBC History Magazine have listed their 10 best Queens of England.

Read The 10 Best English Queens in History.

Which one would be yours???

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Jewry Wall Events

Jewry Wall have some fantastic events coming up, if you are looking for something to do why not pop along.

In September they have

  • 13th September – Heritage Open Day (free)
  • 21st September – Food and Cooking in Pre-history (free)
  • 28th September – The Vikings and the Battle of Stamford Bridge (adults £2, children free)

There is many more taking place in October, November and December.

To find out what the Friends of Jewry Wall have been up too, and for full details of their events read their news letter:- Jewry Wall SEPT 14


Details on how to get to Jewry Wall visit the website here

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Charnwood’s 600 million years of Geology

Charnwood Roots Project is hosting an FREE geology workshops offering you the chance to glimpse into Charnwood’s 600 million year past.  Open to everyone who is volunteering on the Charnwood Project.
The rich array of ancient rocks present in Charnwood Forest, a tantalising glimpses into its life as a volcanic island, a mountain range, a desert and even a seabed!
Experienced geologist Gill Weightman will be leading each session, during which you’ll get the opportunity to handle an assortment of rocks that are Charnwood born and bred; each with their own tale to tell. At the end of the session you’ll be a dab hand at rock identification – this will be particularly useful for those wanting to get involved with fieldwalking or to help with our landscape surveys next year.


  • Saturday 6th September, 10.30am and 12.30pm at Coalville Library, High Street, Coalville, LE67 3EA
  • Tuesday 23rd September, 2pm and 4pm at Mountsorrel Library and Learning Centre, Church House, The Green, Mountsorrel, LE12 7AF.
  • Both venues have disabled access

Charnwood’s Geology Event

Book your place email

Charnwood Project Contact details here to become a Charnwood Volunteer

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Anstey’s Dig News

Leicestershire YAC has made the news in the Leicester Mercury!!!

Our members have received a mention for their hard work on the Anstey’s Dig Project.

Why not read the article here

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