Archaeologists from ULAS have recently excavated a late Roman cemetery at Western Road in Leicester’s West End. Amongst the eighty-three skeletons recorded by the team, one burial is proving to be very exciting. The simple grave in question had been dug into mudstone on the west bank of the River Soar, to the south-west of […]
ULAS archaeologists discover more hidden history at Jewry Wall Roman Baths. Archaeologists from the University of Leicester have uncovered a wealth of history hidden beneath the earth around the Jewry Wall Museum. The team from ULAS, led by Gavin Speed, has already unearthed Roman walls, pottery and human remains during exploratory work at the popular […]
The Antonine Wall in Scotland is the northernmost frontier monument of the Roman Empire. In 2008 this archaeological monument became part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This video was created in 2007 within the framework of the European project “Frontiers of the Roman Empire” (Culture 2000 program).
Hadrian’s Wall has been a World Heritage Site since 1987. Situated in a breathtaking landscape Hadrian’s Wall provides very well preserved frontier monuments. This video was created in 2007 within the framework of the European project “Frontiers of the Roman Empire” (Culture 2000 program).
Whilst it is not essential to do any background reading before the course begins, you may find it useful to do so. The reading list below contains books that you can read. You don’t have to read all of these. Indeed, we don’t specify any that you must read. Instead, these are readings you can use to gain a preliminary understanding of topics, as well as to study in more depth those parts of the course you are particularly interested in. You may also want to take a look at magazines such as British Archaeology, World Archaeology and Current Archaeology.
Further suggestions about ways you can extend your understanding of topics through books, television etc may also be posted as appropriate here on the tutor’s personal blog, as well as on the WEA East Midlands Region History Space.
Miles, R. 2011. Ancient Worlds: The Search for the Origins of Western Civilisation. Penguin. (A DVD of the BBC TV series which this book accompanies is also available).
Tacitus. Agricola. (Published by Penguin Classics etc)
Tacitus. Germania. (Published by Penguin Classics etc)
FRONTIERS OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
Birley, A. 2002. Garrison Life at Vindolanda: A Band of Brothers. History Press.
Collins, R. 2014. Hadrian’s Wall and the End of Empire: The Roman Frontier in the 4th and 5th Centuries. Routledge.
Elton, H. 2012. Frontiers of the Roman Empire. Routledge.
Goodman, M. 2011. The Roman World 44 BC – AD 180. 2nd Edition. Routledge.
Kelly, C. 2006. The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press
Parker, P. 2010. The Empire Stops Here: A Journey along the Frontiers of the Roman World. Pimlico.
The 2015 season of fieldwork (Phase Two) is now underway, with our first activity being a geophysical survey of our Harvey’s Field site on Wednesday 3rd June.
This will identify any possible features that are buried under the ground.
Beyond this we will be undertaking excavations on the site on:
Monday 13th July & Tuesday 14th July
Monday 20th – Saturday 25th July
Sunday 30th & Monday 31st August
Then, we will be hosting four Finds Analysis sessions on Tuesday 8th – Friday 11th September.
The 2015 season finishes with our ‘2nd Southwell Archaeology Day’ event at the Minster School on Saturday 12th September. This event will feature five talks on recent archaeology projects and runs 1.30-5pm. Entry will be just £10, with all proceeds going towards Phase Three of the project, due to start in October.
Are you interested in local archaeology? Would you like to know more about Southwell’s Roman past? Or would you fancy being involved yourself? The Researching Roman Southwell project is a community-led project that aims to uncover valuable information about this part of Southwell’s local history. Professionally led by MBArchaeology, the project seeks to investigate the town’s Roman past while providing training and hands-on experience, help local people to become involved in their local heritage, and provide a platform for both social and mental wellbeing. It aims to show that archaeology is fun, stimulating, educational, rewarding and, most importantly, accessible to all. To find out more, check out their website.
In Autumn 2014, ULAS archaeologists returned to a site in Leicester, that they first investigated in 2012, to carry out a second phase of work. The site is on the corner of Highcross Street and Vaughan Way, between All Saints’ Church and the John Lewis multistory car-park. In 2012, archaeologists excavated seven trenches in order to characterise the extent and date of any archaeology on the site as part of a strategy to aid its redevelopment. Unfortunately, several derelict buildings still standing on the site at the time prevented a full investigation. So, in 2014 archaeologists returned to excavated two new trenches close to Highcross Street, finding further evidence of Roman and medieval Leicester.
The site during work in 2012. View from the John Lewis car park with All Saint’s church behind the trees on the right.
A substantial find of the original excavation was the largest fragment of Roman…
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