Thursday, November 03, 2011

Article: VISIONS OF ANCIENT LEICESTER — University of Leicester

VISIONS OF ANCIENT LEICESTER — University of Leicester

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collapsed Roman basilica wall at Leicester

Read about the city's archaeology in the new publication Visions of Ancient Leicester

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A brand new book produced by ULAS which brings together reconstruction drawings based on archaeological finds to recreate Roman to post-medieval Leicester.


View of Roman Leicester in the 3rd c AD

Drawing on research by local archaeologists, Roman and medieval Leicester is brought to life through detailed, accurate paintings in a great new publication.
Visions of Ancient Leicester is a brand new book, published by the University, which shows what the city of Leicester looked like in olden times. Based on research from the excavations which formed part of the Highcross retail development, a series of superb, detailed paintings were specially commissioned from acclaimed artist Mike Codd.

A few years ago, researchers from University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) and our School of Archaeology and Ancient History had the chance to excavate a number of city centre locations that were due to form part of Highcross, a £350 million shopping/leisure area which opened in 2008, adjacent to the Shires Shopping Centre. During demolition and construction, developer Hammerson worked with ULAS to allow our archaeologists unprecedented access to the past.

This new book, featuring 22 specially commissioned paintings, presents the results of this work and uses the newly acquired understanding of Leicester's past to show how the city has developed over the past two millennia.

Hollings woodcutResearch funds of £1 million have been awarded by the Wellcome Trust to Dr Sarah Tarlow for a major interdisciplinary project which examines the fate and archaeology of the corpses of executed criminals. Read more here

The UK mainland's first fully intact Viking boat burial, complete with sword, axe and other finds, has been uncovered in Scotland's west Highlands, at Ardnamurchan, as part of a project co-directed by the School's Dr Oliver Harris. Read more: click here (BBC News) and here (The Guardian)

Sign up to attend an interdisciplinary postgraduate day conference on Power and the Sacred in the Medieval World (5th-15th cc.). Date and venue: 26th November 2011, University of LeicesterSee poster or contact To book a place click here.

The next School Research Seminar is on Weds. 2nd November when James Spry and team will discuss the use of archaeology to rehabilitate injured soldiers. The talk is at 5pm, but join us at 4.30 for drinks and themed cake!  Click here for the full Semester 1 programme.


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