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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Anstey Big Dig – Day 2

Day two of the Big Dig in Anstey with Charnwood Roots. Today we are at Packhorse Bridge, what a lovely location!

Let’s see what we can find today!


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Anstey Big Dig – Day 1

Day 1 of the Big Dig in Anstey is now complete. All our YAC’s did a fantastic job of completing three spits and fully completed our test pit. A big well done to Adam White, John Stewart, Isaac Marriott, Alex Carter, Leon Carter, Lauren Donnelly, Emily Cliff and Abi Wotherspoon, you did a very good job in very tough conditions!

Our finds included pottery and a One Penny coin from 1966!


We’re looking forward to a new location tomorrow and discovering more about Anstey’s past!

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Booking Confirmations for Big Dig in Anstey

A quick note for those who have booked a place on the Community Dig in Anstey this weekend.

Booking confirmations have now been issued, outlining what to bring and where to meet along with your start time.

If you haven’t received this, please contact us on

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Final Weekend for Festival of Archaeology

We hope you have been enjoying all the different events available in Leicestershire organised for the Festival of Archaeology, this weekend is the last for this years Festival so if you’re not joining us for the Community dig in Anstey, don’t miss out!

As part of the Festival our friends at Jewry Wall are also running an event looking at Archery.  It is running this Sunday 27th July, why not pop down to Jewry Wall Museum and find out all about Archery, from Robin Hood to the bowmen of Agincourt.

There will be themed trails and crafts, an opportunity to try your hand at the skill itself and costumed archers on hand to tell you all about it all!

Entrance is free with a small to charge to ‘have-a-go’ and crafts.

The event runs from 11.30am through until 3.30pm

As we are also part of the national Festival of Archaeology, there are free guided tours of the Bath house (12.00) and Treasures of the Museum (3.00)

Light refreshments are also available.

Something for everyone!

Enquires on 0116 2254971

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Richard III Friary

De Montfort University have fun a fabulous fly over reconstruction of Leicester Gray Friary and Cathedral.

Clicker to watch

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Excavating opportunity for Leicestershire YAC

As mentioned in our latest newsletter, we are really excited to be able to offer our YAC members another opportunity to get their hands dirty excavating.

On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July the Charnwood Roots project is running a Community Archaeology project in Anstey, Leicestershire. The project is opening 30 Test-Pits across the village and we have been offered the opportunity to excavate a Test-Pit of our own from beginning to end. A Test-Pit is a small archaeological excavation, consisting of a square trench measuring 1m by 1m and up to 1m deep that can dug be by hand, by anyone, in an open space in their garden. The Test Pit is dug methodically, i.e. layer by layer, and carefully recorded, with the aim of identifying evidence of past human activity, usually by finding pieces of pottery and other material, or, if you’re lucky, archaeological features such as rubbish pits, building postholes or wall foundations.

This is an exciting opportunity to not only get another chance to excavate but to also contribute to research in a village that has not been studied in this way before. Because we have one test-pit on each day, we will need to ask that you pre-book. We need to let the group know who is coming and when, so we need to ask that you book no later than Friday 18th July with your preferences out of the following time-slots;

Saturday 26th July

9.30am – 12.00noon

1.00pm – 2.30pm

2.45pm – 4.15pm

Sunday 27th July

9.30am – 12.00noon

1.00pm – 2.30pm

2.45pm – 4.15pm

We will send you confirmation of your booking along with details about the day including where to go, time and what to bring. A briefing will also be provided on the day so that everyone can get stuck in and learn more about this village.

To book or if you have any questions about the day, please feel free to get in touch on


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Triumph of Roman Jewry Wall


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Looking for something to do today? Jewry Wall are hosting the Triumph of Roman. Food, Games and Romans for everyone!

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Events at Jewry Wall Sunday 13th July


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