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Open Day at Castle Hill archaeological dig

Published on Thursday, September 22, 2016

VISITORS will be able to see for themselves the site of excavations at Leicester’s Castle Hill at an open day this weekend.

Leicester City Council and University of Leicester Archaeology Service (ULAS) have teamed for a two-week community dig to explore the history of the Castle Hill earthworks.

The scheduled ancient monument is thought to be the site of a medieval Knights Hospitaller monastic complex, dating from around 1240 to 1482.

Following the first week of excavations, there will be a chance to view early finds and take part in some fun archaeology activities at an open day on Saturday, September 24.

The event runs from 10am until 4pm, with guided walks of Castle Park running at 12noon and 2pm.

Mathew Morris, a member of the ULAS site team, said: “So far our excavations have uncovered well-preserved evidence of medieval activity on the site.

"Whilst it is still too early in the project to say precisely what is being uncovered we are finding evidence of medieval buildings and yard surfaces.

"Large quantities of pottery and building material suggest occupation dating to the 13th and 14th century, which fits with the period when the site was used by the Knights Hospitallers.

"Over the next week, we hope to make more fantastic discoveries that will help bring the story of the site to life.”

The community archaeological dig is part of the Story of Parks project. The two-year, Heritage Lottery-funded scheme is helping to collect and celebrate the history of Leicester’s parks through the stories and memories of local people that use them.

To keep up to date with discoveries from the project visit: