October 8, 2018
Forty Years’ Researches on the medieval earthworks of south and east Leicestershire
A talk by Robert Hartley
Thursday 17th January, 2019, 7.30pm
All Welcome, doors open at 7.00pm
Lecture Theatre 2, George Davies Centre, University of Leicester (on the corner of Lancaster Road and University Road, LE1 7HA)
Robert (Fred) Hartley began making record surveys of Leicestershire’s historic earthwork sites in the late 1970s, looking at everything from deserted villages, moats, fishponds and mill mounds, to historic garden features. He began publishing reports on them in the 1980s with the final volume of his great series, covering south and east Leicestershire published by the Leicestershire Fieldworkers in 2018. In this talk, Fred will follow the story of earthwork studies in the county, and the evolution of this book. Particularly focusing on the types of sites which exist in the Harborough District, which is especially rich in spectacular remains of deserted villages and deserves to be better known and better protected as an archaeological resource of national importance.