Archaeological News

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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November Meet

Just a reminder to book onto our November 22nd Meet on Finds Processing.  To book on please email us on

ALSO remember to fill in our YAC survey!

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

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Stonehenge and Other Historical Sites during 1914 -1918

Did you know that during World War I Stonehenge was the site of the worlds largest military training camp? …

The BBC have a short report and the stories of our most famous historical sites and what happened to them during 1914-1918.

Watch the BBC’s short video and photos of the day and life of our historical monuments during World War I.   Click on the link below.

BBC News: How Stonehenge Site Became the Worlds Largest Military Training Camp?

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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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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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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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