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Last chance to view dig finds at Castle Hill Country Park

Published on 20 September 2017

THERE’S a final chance to see archaeologists at work in Leicester’s Castle Hill Country Park this weekend, before the four-week community dig comes to an end.

On Sunday (24 September), medieval artefacts discovered by the team from University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) will be on display, and visitors will also be able to tour the site and talk to the experts about the items that they’ve found.

The team from ULAS, assisted by Leicester City Council and members of the public, have returned to the site after a dig last year revealed large quantities of medieval pottery, roof slates and expensive glazed ceramic ridge tiles.

Archaeological evidence of a building of some status backs up theories that Castle Hill – a large scheduled ancient monument – is the site of a medieval manor.

The free public open day runs from 10am until 4pm on Sunday (24 September). Access to Castle Hill Country Park is via Astill Lodge Road in Beaumont Leys.

The dig is supported by Leicester City Council’s Story of Parks project  – a two year Heritage Lottery-funded scheme helping to collect and celebrate the history of Leicester’s parks through the stories and memories of local people who use them.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the archaeological dig, or who would like to be notified of other related events, can sign up for the Story of Parks e-newsletter by emailing storyofparks@leicester.gov.uk