Archaeologists unearth new evidence of Roman, medieval Leicester.
Date: December 10, 2015
Source: University of Leicester
After demolishing a Bus Depot, archaeologists uncovered a series of medieval and post-medieval backyards dating back to the 12th century. These backyards are associated with the densely packed houses and shops which would have been on the medieval street of Southgates. The evidence archaeologists have uncovered include stone-lined pits, latrines, wells, boundary wells, and possibly a cellar. From discovering these formations, archaeologists can begin to construct the lives of the people who walked those streets on a daily basis. These discoveries are close to where the remains of Kings Richard III were discovered showing this area was greatly used by those of the past. After the area was fully excavated, the information was able to reveal how Leicester looked during its Roman times. Timber buildings, boundary walls, and cambered gravel surfaces were uncovered along the main streets. Smaller artifacts such as coins and pottery were found within the excavation site as well. This excavation relates to what has been learned in class by the process of how buildings and artifacts were uncovered, what was taught about different households and the daily activities that were done by those living there.