Hoby & District Local History Society lecture

‘Buried between Road and River: Investigating a Roman cemetery at Western Road in Leicester’ by Mathew Morris
Mathew Morris, archaeologist, will give a talk on ‘Buried between Road and River: Investigating a Roman cemetery at Western Road in Leicester’ at the Hoby & District Local History Society on Wednesday September 20th, 7.30pm, Hoby Village Hall (LE14 3DT). All are welcome; the price for non members is £2.00 (pay on door) or visit www.hobyanddistricthistory.co.uk for more information.
Mathew Morris will give a talk on ‘Buried between Road and River: Investigating a Roman cemetery at Western Road in Leicester’ Today, standing in Leicester’s West End amongst the Victorian terracing, the old factories and the student bars, it is hard to imagine that only 150 years ago this was still largely open countryside. Look closely, however, and clues to the area’s past are recorded in the street names – Roman Street, Saxon Street, labels that remember discoveries made by workmen in the 1890’s of skeletons buried in the vicinity with Roman and Anglo-Saxon artefacts.
In ‘Buried between Road and River’, Mathew Morris of University of Leicester Archaeological Services will reveal how the recent excavation of eighty-three Roman skeletons at Western Road is revealing exciting new insights into the diverse lives of the people living in Leicester over 1,600 years, including rare evidence of a late Roman soldier.
Mathew graduated from the University of Leicester in 2003 with a BA in Archaeology and an MA in Landscape Studies. Since graduating, Mathew has worked for archaeological units and museums in Cambridgeshire and Leicestershire, excavating a wide range of rural and urban archaeology from the prehistoric period to the Industrial Revolution. Since 2004 he has worked for ULAS where he has participated in a series of major urban excavations.
The Hoby & District Local History Society is a voluntary organisation. The Society brings together people from all walks of life who are interested in the local history of the Leicestershire villages of Hoby, Rotherby, Ragdale and Brooksby and the District around them. The society was founded in 2013.