Step back in time with huge festival of archaeology
The country's biggest archaeology festival takes place in Leicestershire this month – highlighting an exciting few years of discovery in the county.
More than 110 events are being staged across the county during the festival fortnight, which begins on Saturday.
People will get the chance to explore their local history by joining digs, guided walks, talks exhibitions, re-enactments and fun days.
The festival has been organised by Leicestershire County Council as part of the annual Festival of British Archaeology.
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Peter Liddle, community archaeologist for the county museums service, said: "Interest in archaeology has soared in recent years.
"It's phenomenal how people have become so enthusiastic about their heritage, with dozens of heritage groups holding events to showcase their own work unearthing their local history."
There will be a series of events focusing on the Hallaton treasure, which includes 5,500 coins and a rare Roman cavalry parade helmet, while field-walkers who made the discovery will be staging an exhibition telling their story.
Other highlights include guided walks around the real site of the Battle of Bosworth, battle re-enactments and the recreation of an Anglo Saxon and Viking village at Donington le Heath Manor House, near Coalville.
Richard Buckley, of Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society, is leading a guided walk of the Leicester Abbey ruins in Abbey Park. He said: "Excavations between 2000 and 2009 unearthed part of the entrance gate at the Abbey, which Cardinal Wolsey would have entered shortly before his death in 1530.
"We also found evidence of the abbey infirmary and kitchen," he added.
A full list of all the events is available museums, tourist information centres and libraries, by calling 0116 305 8326 or by visiting: