Meets for 2020

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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Full details for each session will be sent out with each booking email.

Upcoming Meetings – Archaeo-Lab 2020

Saturday 25 January 

Bone Lab

We’ll be studying animal bones with Professor Richard Thomas from the University of Leicester (he promises a camel skeleton to look at!)

Venue: University of Leicester

Saturday 8 February

Forensics Lab

We’ll be learning about the art and science of forensic facial reconstruction and will have a go at creating our own reconstructions out of clay.

Venue: University of Leicester

Saturday 21 March CANCELLED

Finds Lab

We’ll be joining Elizabeth Johnson, the Roman pottery specialist at ULAS for a closer look at Roman pottery, what it was used for an how we can reconstruct whole pots from tiny sherds.

Venue: University of Leicester

Saturday 25 April CANCELLED

Genetics Lab

We’ll be taking a closer look at DNA and how it helps archaeologists understand the past with Professor Turi King from the University of Leicester. Turi was the geneticist who worked on Richard III’s DNA.

Venue: University of Leicester

Sunday 31 May CANCELLED

Beaumanor History Fair

Details TBC

Venue: Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse Eves

Summer 2020 TBC

Plans are not fixed yet past May and dates will depend on when we have access to excavations, but we plan to do some building surveying at the ruins of Grace Dieu priory and we hope to visit the excavation at Irchester Roman town in Northamptonshire and the annual dig at Hallaton and any other opportunities which come our way.

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