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Second season of Bradgate Park fieldschool launched

The second season of the University's fieldschool at Bradgate Park will be launched on Monday 6 June.

Academics, professional archaeologists and students from our School of Archaeology and Ancient History will work together to uncover the hidden history of this popular attraction during the six-week long excavation.

Project co-director and Acting Head of the University of Leicester’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History, Dr Richard Thomas explained: “The focus of our second season will be a medieval moated site, which contains a stone building that may have been a hunting lodge, a possible prehistoric enclosure located south of Bradgate House and Late Upper Palaeolithic hunting activity within the park.”

“Previous excavation of flint artefacts has shown us that Ice Age hunters were operating within the Park  almost 15,000 years ago. We also have the ruins of the birthplace and childhood home of Lady Jane Grey which was completed in 1520. But there are huge gaps in our knowledge of the Park in between and we are hoping that this season’s excavations will begin to fill in some of these.”

Watch a video from Season One at Bradgate Park below:

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