Archaeology

The full story behind one of the most extraordinarily serendipitous archaeological projects of modern times.

Background to the project

Why Greyfriars was the right place to dig, and why 2012 was the right to time to start digging.

Greyfriars in old maps and plans

Tracing the site through history, from Franciscan friary to Council car park.

Where we dug . . . and what we found there

The careful process of excavation, and the problems of urban archaeology. The artefacts, architecture and human remains hidden beneath the tarmac.

The problems of urban archaeology

Mathew Morris discusses the problems faced by archaeologists searching for medieval remains underneath urban areas.

New understanding of old Leicester

What the dig told us about the site and the city, even before we analysed the bones.

Artistic impressions of the church

Based on the archaeology uncovered during the Greyfriars dig, the University commissioned artist Jill Atherton to create these impressions of the church as it was in the late 15th century.

Medieval artifacts found during the dig at Greyfriars

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