On the 22nd September thirty local archaeological enthusiasts attended the Magna Park site to look around the recent excavations undertaken within the DHL footprint. Recent excavations undertaken by Albion Archaeology had revealed evidence for Iron Age and Roman activity, including evidence for at least one building – an Iron Age roundhouse. Thanks are due to Pete Liddle, former County Archaeologist and now organiser of the Leicestershire Fieldworkers – for helping to publicise the event, which was very well received.
CgMs, archaeological consultants for Gazeley, made a formal commitment to all those attending that should the Hybrid application be granted planning permission – that in the future, far more extensive, archaeological excavations required will involve significant community engagement – building on these fledgling relationships.
On 26-27th September seven amateur archaeologists from local fieldworking groups, who had attended the initial site tour, returned to site to carry out further investigation of Area 3. Richard Clark, the Principal Planning Archaeologist is keen to bridge the divide between amateur and commercial sectors and also to enhance the skill-set/experience of local non-professional groups. This was an ideal opportunity for the small group who attended both days to be coached through Albion Archaeology’s excavation and recording techniques. In the process a virtually intact Roman pottery vessel was recovered together with an increased sample of pottery and animal bone that will increase the understanding of this area.