Archaeological News

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!

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New film reveals challenges behind lifting and conserving a Roman mosaic

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Interactive 3D model of King Richard III’s grave

Check out this neat 3D model of King Richard III’s grave that archaeologists at the University of Leicester have just produced! Its fully interactive, click on the model to load it, hold the mouse button down to rotate, press Ctrl to zoom in and out and Shift to move it around.

Read more about how it was made here

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Festival of Archaeology 2015

Festival Fun!

25Years_Logo[1]Hi folks, don’t forget that the25th annual Festival of Archaeology 2015 starts this weekend! It is one of the world’s biggest celebrations of archaeology and features over 1,000 events right across the UK!

There’s loads going on, from walks, talks and workshops to hands-on experimental archaeology and crafts. Take part in an excavation or join in a fieldwalk. Enjoy an historic feast or explore behind the scenes in a museum. The easiest way to discover events in your area is to visit the Festival website.

Check out this post of the YAC UK website for YAC’s top ten picks!

Leicestershire and Rutland have more events than any other area of Britain! So why not discover the rich heritage of our counties over the next fortnight with a fascinating range of events, talks and guided tours from some of the county’s archaeological and historical experts.

For full details of events, download the complete Festival Programme 2015 (pdf document).

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YAC UK needs your vote!

Screen Shot 2015-04-18 at 18.18.12Everyone at YAC was really excited to find out that we have won a prize – beating other entries from right across Europe! YAC has been made a ‘laureate’ of the 2015 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. Even more exciting, we find out at the prize-giving in June whether we have won an extra-special prize: either a Grand Prix or the People’s Choice Award.

EU stands for European Union. The European Union is a group of 28 countries, most of which are – you guessed it – in Europe. The countries work together in lots of ways, including in archaeology. The Prize helps the EU to show off the very best of Europe to the rest of the world, and helps to prove how important things like archaeology are to people like you and me.

This year there were 263 entries to the competition from 29 countries, and YAC is one of only 28 chosen laureates! In June all of the laureates will go to a special ceremony in Oslo, the capital city of Norway, to collect their certificates. At the ceremony we will also find out whether we have won an even better prize. We could win the Grand Prix, which goes to the very best entries. With your help we could also win the People’s Choice Award.

Vote for YAC!

The People’s Choice Award is voted for online by people all over the world. You can help YAC by casting your vote now. Just visit the voting website and choose YAC (it’s at the bottom of the list). You get to cast three votes, so you can check out some of the other winners from all over Europe and vote for them too.

There are five laureates from the United Kingdom, including our very good friends at the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre, who have helped us to launch our new website. YAC club members can get into Stonehenge free with their YAC Pass Card, so long as you take a grown-up with you (who will still have to pay).

Watch this space to find out whether we will win the Grand Prix and People’s Choice Awards!

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Records Office Trip


Todays meet at the records office has been a success.  Our Members have been researching the history of Peatling Magna.

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Fly Through 17th Century London

Student’s from De Montfort University, Leicester, have created a reconstruction of 17th Century London.

They used 17th century maps and accounts from Samuel Pepy’s diary.


Other webpages BBC Samuel Pepy or The Diary of Samuel Pepy


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Greyfriars Tour


YACs are getting a guided tour of the Grayfriars today. The site of Richard III burial.

There are some exciting photos and details of the dig being released tomorrow from the University of Leicester and ULAS.

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Richard III Session Part 2

Richard III Session Part 2

Wonderful follow up session to the Richard III excavation delivered by Matt Morris and Andy Hyam. Matt delivered an excellent presentation on the project to locate Leicester Grey Friars and the burial site of Richard III. This was followed by hands on activities including looking at Medieval Tiles, Pottery discussing the evidence which confirmed the identity of skeleton number 1 along with the opportunity to meet a Medieval Knight!

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