Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology 2019 programme of events announced! Saturday 29th June – Sunday 28th July, 2019 The programme for the 2019 Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology – the biggest Festival of its kind in Britain- has been announced. Throughout the four weeks of July more than 90 events will be held […]
In this episode of Curator’s Corner by the British Museum, Neil Wilkin is joined by Susan Greaney, Senior Properties Historian for English Heritage to discuss the history and importance of Stonehenge. Going into the heart of the monument and looking at some related Bronze Age objects, Neil and Susan explore the connections between Stonehenge, the rest of Britain and the continent.
Those of you who are interested in the archaeology of Roman Britain may wish to take a look at the walking trail around Roman Leicester, which is free to download from The Jewry Wall website. There is also a free app (available for both iOS and Android) called ‘Jewry Wall – An Adventure in Time’ which aims to bring Leicester’s Roman bath site to life in a way never seen before. Join Jenny and Javid for a mission to discover the past using fun, interactive games and activities for the whole family.
The national Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) records archaeological objects found by the public in England and Wales. This year it celebrates its 15th anniversary with more than 13,000 finds from Nottinghamshire recorded on the PAS online database, including coins, tools, weapons and jewellery. It is an important source of information for researchers and for everyone with an interest in history, archaeology and heritage. This exhibition at Lakeside Arts will highlight some of the finds from the county and examine the important contribution they have made to our wider understanding of Nottinghamshire.
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The Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology 2018 will take place from Saturday 30th June to Sunday 29th July. It is a chance to discover more about the rich and diverse heritage of Leicestershire and Rutland. The Festival has a fascinating range of events, talks and guided tours from some of the county’s archaeological and historical experts.
More details, including a festival programme, are available at the Leicestershire Fieldworkers website.
The Hallaton Treasure, which can be seen at the Harborough Museum in Leicestershire, was discovered in 2000 by metal detectorist, Ken Wallace, and other volunteers from the Hallaton Fieldwork Group. Along with the Hallaton Fieldwork group, The University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) began excavating what turned out to be one of the most important Iron Age sites in Britain. They discovered over 5,000 glittering coins, mysterious offerings and a beautiful and unique 1st century Roman cavalry helmet as part of what is known as the Hallaton Treasure project.
– The Hallaton Treasure: evidence of a new kind of shrine? (Current Archaeology)
– The Hallaton Hoard (Portable Antiquities Scheme)
– The Iron Age and Roman East Leicestershire Hoards (British Museum)
– The Hallaton Treasure (Wikipedia)
– Hallaton helmet unveiled after nine-year restoration (BBC News)
– Hallaton Roman coin is ‘oldest found in Britain’ (BBC News)
Welcome to the Oakham Castle Community Archaeology Dig. This is our first post of several about the upcoming excavation, so come back to discover more about what we find as the excavation progresses. What are we doing? Well, over two weeks at the end of April 2018, University of Leicester Archaeological Services in partnership with […]
A new exhibition has opened at Stonehenge which reveals what the builders of this ancient monument cooked and ate.
Feast! displays a collection of rare finds including the skull of an aurochs, a now extinct species of wild cattle. You can also see decorated Neolithic pots used in the preparation of pork and beef dishes and a rare complete bronze cauldron from 700BC that featured as a centrepiece of late Bronze Age ceremonial feasts.
Alice Roberts – Tamed: Ten Species that Changed our World
Friday 9th February
How do you tame wildness? For thousands of years our ancestors existed in a world where they depended on wild plants and animals. They were hunter-gatherers – consummate survival experts navigating the opportunities and threats the world offered. Then a revolution happened: we started to domesticate wild species and they became crucial to our own survival and success.
Alice Roberts is an anthropologist, writer and broadcaster, and is currently Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. She has presented several landmark BBC series including The Incredible Human Journey, Origins of Us, Coast, and The Celts. Her recent book on evolutionary biology, The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being, was shortlisted for the Welcome Trust Book Prize in 2015.
Join her at the Pearson Centre, Beeston, Nottingham for an evening talk, Q&A and book signing. 7.30-10.00pm, doors open 6.30pm. £18.95, refreshments available. Booking essential: http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop and click on the Wildlife Courses & Lectures category.
The Djanogly Gallery will be hosting a major touring exhibition from the British Museum and York Museums Trust from 25 November. Viking: Rediscover the Legend presents new discoveries and current interpretations to help us understand what it meant to be a Viking.
Complementing this in the Weston Gallery from Friday 15 December, Danelaw Saga: Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands examines Viking influences on Nottinghamshire and the wider region.
An exciting programme of workshops, talks and other events supplements both exhibitions – allowing you to delve deeper into the world of the Vikings and uncover the legacy of the Vikings on our doorstep.
Both exhibitions and connected events have been programmed in collaboration by the University of Nottingham Museum, Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham, and the Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands project, led by the University of Nottingham’s Centre for the Study of the Viking Age.