Prehistoric elephants, Roman belts and medieval villages: ULAS 2017 review

by Dave Sadler

As the year drew to an end, ULAS had time to reflect on a very busy 2017, and some of the discoveries made across the Midlands by their archaeologists. Work in the first half of the year was dominated by large urban excavations in Leicester – at Highcross Street and over the road at the Stibbe site. Both projects received extensive press coverage, and the Stibbe site has been nominated for ‘Rescue Project of the Year’ in this year’s Current Archaeology awards (vote at

Urban work has not finished, however, and not too far from the Stibbe site, we have started two new projects. A large evaluation along the waterside to the north has produced intramural and extramural evidence including Roman building remains inside the town and early Roman plot boundaries and burials outside the walls. We have also been excavating at the northern end of Bath Lane, to the west of Stibbe, where more Roman building remains have been found, as well as medieval burial evidence, drains and boundary features perhaps relating to the Blackfriars. One area of the site also contains one of the best sequences of the town defences to be revealed to date.

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