Donington Le Heath Hosts Day To Reveal Recent Archaeological Discoveries

By Isla Harvey | 13 February 2007
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Almost nine per cent of Leicester's historic core has been investigated in recent excavations. Photo University of Leicester Archaeological Services

A manor house in Leicestershire is giving the public the chance to handle and interact with ancient artefacts from Saxon, Roman and medieval times.

Donington le Heath Manor House is launching an exhibition to reveal the exciting findings of recent archaeological excavations in the area. The show will be held on February 25 2007 and is designed to be a hands-on way for locals to learn more about the history of their region.

Recent excavations in Leicester city centre have produced a mass of new information about the history of the City; including the most complete Roman townhouse yet found, a collapsed wall from the Roman market, a previously unknown early Saxon settlement, late Saxon and medieval buildings and two medieval churches with over 1,000 burials.

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A curse tablet found in Leicester lists about 18 or 19 suspects for the crime of a stolen cloak. Photo University of Leicester Archaeological Services

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester will be on hand on the day to display some of the finds from these excavations together with new discoveries made at Watermead Country Park and from a Roman Villa being investigated at Ibstock.

During the day, re-enactment group The Vikings of Middle England (who will later be involved in more serene demonstrations of traditional craft techniques) will treat visitors to a lively battle reconstruction. There will also be an opportunity for visitors to ‘play archaeologist’ by using an excavation simulation program.

Or, if you just want to listen, then experts from local universities will be imparting their knowledge on the unearthed items.

Recent Excavations in the City and County is open from 11am to 4pm. Admission and car parking is free.

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