University of Leicester Archaeological Services

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The Prehistory of the East Midlands Claylands

  • Patrick Clay
  • Leicester Archaeology Monograph 9 (2002)

The extensive claylands of the East Midlands have seen little research and do not figure greatly in prehistoric studies. Despite their long subsequent histories of successful arable and pastoral farming these areas have traditionally been considered to have largely remained woodland or marginal areas before the Roman period. However the results of fieldwork over the last 25 years has begun to challenge this view.

The research presented in this publication has revolutionised our perception of the East Midlands’ prehistory. In examining the evidence at a regional level together with extensive and intensive surveys, some undertaken by the local community archaeology groups, it has shown that, far from being marginal areas, much of this region’s claylands were successfully exploited and settled by prehistoric communities from the Mesolithic to the late Iron Age. The research has implications for our understanding of prehistoric settlement in areas which are less archaeologically invisible.

  • Out of print

The Archaeology of Rutland Water

The Archaeology of Rutland Water, detailing the rescue excavations around the construction of the reservoir in the early 1970’s.

  • Out of print

Roman and Medieval Occupation in Causeway Lane, Leicester

  • Aileen Connor and Richard Buckley
  • Leicester Archaeology Monograph 5 (1999)

The archaeological excavation at Causeway Lane was one of the largest to be undertaken within the historic core of Roman and medieval Leicester. The location of the site – at the intersection of two Roman streets – has provided a rare opportunity to examine changing land-use for parts of three insulae in an area of the town which has seen comparatively little archaeological excavation. Occupation – essentially domestic in character – spans from the 1st to the 4th century AD, with some evidence for the transition to the Anglo Saxon period. For the medieval period, evidence for the survival of Roman fabric into the 12th century has emerged whilst the linear distribution of pits, together with evidence for a timber building, has attested intensive 12th – 13th century occupation in narrow plots for the first time in this part of the town.

  • Out of print

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