IMPORTANT NOTICE: In line with government guidelines to help stall and suppress COVID-19, all Leicestershire YAC sessions have been suspended until further notice. Thank you for your patience, we hope to get back to our normal schedule as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, please check out our Members Area for activities you can do at home.

Mathew & Debbie (Branch Leaders)

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More Pits, Pots and Pipes – Digging up Bosworth’s Past

Check out this fantastic film of a project we have been helping out with in Market Bosworth. Our test-pit features in the film at 1.24 minutes. You can find out more about the project in our latest newsletter (issue 4) or at the project website

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Leicester History Festival

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Dig Deep For Archaeology – We Need Your Help!

CBA Fundraising Appeal 2018 – Target £50,000

Our parent organisation, the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), is launching an important fundraising appeal. More people are involved in archaeology across the UK than every before, and new discoveries continue to come thick and fast, yet the impact on archaeology of changing Government policies and priorities, particularly in England, the possible consequences of Brexit and other UK-wide issues are giving major cause for concern.

This could have a significant impact on the Leicestershire Young Archaeologists’ Club. We are run by volunteers who freely give up their time to organise sessions throughout the year, providing fantastic opportunities for young people aged 8-16 to get their hands mucky doing real archaeology. However, to do this we are reliant on the support of YAC UK and the CBA, whose financial resources are under increasing pressure.

So we are supporting the CBA’s fundraising appeal and ask everyone to give generously to support our work for archaeology. We aim to raise £50,000 by April 2019 to ensure that we can continue our wide-ranging work. Every £1 counts, so please go to our dedicated giving page at and dig deep for archaeology!

Read more about our appeal (570.1K, .PDF)
See the letter in full, learn more about our work and just why the Council for British Archaeology needs your help in the CBA’s latest newsletter.

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How to lift and conserve a Roman mosaic

Have you ever wondered how mosaic get from an archaeological dig to a museum? There is a lot of work involved, as this fantastic film from the University of Leicester reveals. Check it out!

To find out more, read the latest blog at

New film reveals challenges behind lifting and conserving a Roman mosaic

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Pits, pots and pipes – Digging up Bosworth’s Past

This year we have been test-pitting with a new project called Bosworth Links, in the town of Market Bosworth in west Leicestershire. Over one weekend in July, as part of the Festival of Archaeology, we dug two of the twenty-five test-pits excavated across the town. In all, over 200 volunteers, students and young archaeologists from the local community took part in the weekend, recovering a remarkable 8,534 individual finds ranging in date from the Early Bronze Age, some 3,500-4,500 years ago, to the present day.

The Project has produced a really great short film about the dig. One of our pits, Test-pit 7, is the first test-pit to feature in the film. Watch it above.

You can read about what we found here:

Test-pit 7 – full report (pdf)

Test-pit 19 – full report (pdf)

Or find out more about the project here:


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Leicestershire YACs appear in Leicester Mercury video


Our recent trip to the University of Leicester’s excavations at Bradgate Park has recently featured in a short film about the excavation open day produced by the Leicester Mercury.

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Bringing Our Past to Life

Another great archaeology and history day this Sunday at Jewry Wall. Don’t miss it, it is one of the last times to visit Jewry Wall Museum before it closes at the end of July for a two-year refurbishment.

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Bradgate Park excavation OPEN DAY

Come and find us at the Bradgate Park Open Day this Sunday 2nd July.

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Largest archaeological excavation in Leicester in over a decade to open to public

Check out what has just been found in Leicester.


Excavation open to the public on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May.

The forum, macellum and public baths in Roman Leicester. The excavation site is to the right of the large buildings.

University of Leicester Archaeological Services are currently excavating the site of the former Stibbe factory, between Great Central Street and Highcross Street in central Leicester. 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.

Archaeologists uncover part of a high-quality Roman mosaic floor.

Key discoveries include the remains of one of the largest and highest-status Roman mosaic floors ever found in the city, two Roman streets containing a number of buildings and rare evidence of the first Anglo-Saxon migrants to arrive in the city following the demise of Roman Leicester. The site is close to another excavation…

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