Roman site in Leicester

University of Leicester archaeologists find new Roman site.

Roman and medieval artefacts have been found in a new archaeological dig in the centre of Leicester. The dig, at the former Southgates Bus Depot and on Peacock Lane, has uncovered fragments of wall, mosaic pavement and painted wall plaster. The site is close to Leicester’s historic centre, where the remains of Richard III were found in 2012. Other artefacts include coins, tableware, game counters, a number of bone hair pins and a copper spoon.

Roman site in Leicester

The University of Leicester team said the excavation would offer insights into the lifestyles and industry of the people living along one of Leicester’s principle medieval streets. Archaeologist John Thomas said: Having the chance to excavate in this part of Leicester is fantastic. Because of the historic nature of the modern city centre, archaeologists rarely get the opportunity to explore this part of the city. He said a number of large stone and timber buildings and boundary walls, dating from the 2nd Century through to the 4th Century had been identified running along the sides of the streets.

Fellow archaeologist Mathew Morris added: “This part of Roman Leicester is very poorly understood, because there has been little previous archaeological investigation in the vicinity. One of the Roman streets found on the site has never been seen before in Leicester and isn’t on any of our plans of the Roman city. This is a significant find and raises exciting new questions about the layout of the early Roman town and how it evolved through the Roman period.”



GOLD ARTEFACT unearthed in kazakhstan

2000 years old gold artefacts discovered in kurgan in Kazakhstan

Archaeologists studying an ancient burial mound in southern Kazakhstan discovered gold and bronze artefacts – Tengrinews informs. The discovery was made during research in the Kok Kainar kurgan, located in the district of Alatau in Almaty, in southern part of the country near the border with Kyrgyzstan. The study of ancient burial place conducted by archaeologists from the Historical Museum in Almaty, led to the discovery of new artefacts. Among the finds there is a forged gold figurine of a wild cat, the front and rear paws are based on two flat plates, dating from approx. the fourth century BC.

GOLD ARTEFACT unearthed in kazakhstanAccording to the experts, the artefact was probably part of the composition with magical meaning which could be a decoration of a headgear. Another discovery was a gold plaque with a carved drawing showing a bird of prey with a hooked beak and spread wings, whose head is facing left. The form of a bird is shown on the background made of  strawberry-like fruits. According to the researchers, drawing on the unearthed plate may have heraldic meaning. All the artefacts discovered in the Kok Kainar kurgan were moved to the Historical Museum in Almaty.


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Teacher by day, an archaeologist by night

A school teacher by day and urban archaeologist by night, Matthew Finley is putting a modern face on the hobby of metal detecting, once considered the exclusive domain of elderly men looking for loose change on the beach. Raised in Savannah since age 9, Finley got his first metal detector the Christmas after he graduated college and moved back home in 2007. Finley studied Spanish, history and anthropology at Sewanee, University of the South. He always wanted tpo have a metal detector. Living in Savannah, a historic town, he always wondered what’s out there.  It turns out there was a lot out there. Some of the artefacts Finley has found include old coins like the Liberty Head nickel, gilt brass thimbles and a Confederate button called Republican Blues worn by officers during the Civil War.

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metal detecting hobby coins artefactsLocal teacher Matthew Finley with his metal detector.
He picked up metal detecting as a hobby after moving back to Savannah,
a city rife with buried historic treasures.

Article | Scouts and students unearth Kingston’s past in archaeological dig

Published by Your Local Guardian, written by Clare Buchanan, Wednesday 2nd May 2012

Scouts and students discovered a musket ball, a wedding ring, and two military pendants when they took part in an archaeological dig to investigate the borough’s past.

The youngsters helped the Kingston upon Thames Archaeological Society after they won a £28,400 Heritage Lottery grant to investigate a site on the Hogsmill River in August last year.

The dig at the Southwood Scout Activity Centre in Tolworth focused on palaeoecology, which reconstructs the past environment through bore-holing and digging pits.

A lead token was also among the items found through the digging and metal detecting, which helped scouts achieve their heritage badge.
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