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: https://www2.le.ac.uk/services/ulas/discoveries/projects/community-archaeology-1/bosworth-links-dig-1-2017
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.
Hi everyone. I’m sure you all remember back in July we asked for club members to bake cakes to sell at the launch of the Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology at Jewry Wall. It was a fantastic day. We really managed to ‘Bring Our Past to Life’ and a big thank you to all who baked and attended the event.
A little out of his depth, YAC leader Mathew found himself compering a fashion-show through the ages!
The aim of our Great YAC Bake Off was to raise money for the Dig Deep For YAC campaign and I am pleased to announce we raised £104.50 from our cake sale.
We were really impressed with everyone’s contributions and it was really really hard to pick a winner. We had everything from castle-shaped sponges, medieval floor tile rice-crispy cakes, chocolate brownie excavations and ginger loaf cake graves!
As none of the Club leaders could choose between such fantastic cakes we recruited a celebrity judge, Dr Richard Buckley from the University of Leicester (the archaeologist who lead the search for Richard III), who choose this fantastic amazing archaeological excavation cake. Congratulations to Reuben Cullup, our YAC Master Baker 2016!
Our winning cake!
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).