Mathew Morris

Project Officer

School/Department: University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS)



Mathew is a Project Officer at ULAS with two decades of archaeological experience, having excavated a wide range of rural and urban archaeology across the Midlands, from the prehistoric period through to the Second World War. His specialisms include urban archaeology (he has spent a lot of his career digging up Leicester!), community archaeology, Roman and medieval archaeology and sfm photogrammetry.

Mathew graduated from the University of Leicester in 2003 with a BA in Archaeology and an MA in Landscape Studies, joining ULAS in 2004. Notable projects include a massive multi-period urban excavation (Highcross Leicester) that included excavation of Roman town houses, commercial buildings, two lost medieval churches and medieval cemeteries; a Roman cemetery (Western Road, Leicester); and most recently, excavation of a Roman shrine and medieval burial ground at Leicester Cathedral (Leicester Cathedral Revealed). In 2012, he directed the successful archaeological search for the lost grave of King Richard III.

He has co-authored the most comprehensive book ever written on the archaeology of Leicester - 'Life in Roman and Medieval Leicester' (2021) and three popular archaeology books: 'Visions of Ancient Leicester' (2011), 'Richard III: The King under the Car Park' (2013) and 'Roman Leicester: Life in the Roman World' (2018). He is actively involved in promoting archaeology to the general public, regularly providing talks to local societies, and is a Committee Member of the Leicestershire Fieldworkers, and a Branch Leader for the Leicestershire Young Archaeologists’ Club. He is also currently the lead archaeologist for the Bosworth Links Community Dig, made possible by the Heritage Fund.


Mathew specialisms include urban archaeology, community archaeology, Roman and medieval archaeology and sfm photogrammetry. His research interests focus on the development of Leicester from the Iron Age to the present day; and the historic development of currently occupied rural settlements (CORS)around Market Bosworth.



Mathew supervises a wide range of archaeological projects across the East Midlands.


Mathew provides a wide range of training for community archaeology groups, including how to field walk, dig test-pits, write reports and create photogrammetry models.


  • Associate of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA)
  • MA Landscape Studies (University of Leicester, 2003)
  • BA Archaeology (University of Leicester, 2002)
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