Thursday 10th October 2019 – 7:30pm
Recent Excavations at Oakham Castle – Mathew Morris
aka “I’m in a soggy hole, get me out of here.”

Dig Director Mathew Morris will give a talk on the recent community archaeological dig in the grounds of Oakham Castle.
In 2018 and again in 2019, the team re-opened trenches started by Time Team in 2012. They have expanded our knowledge of the site and discovered previously unknown structures.
Mathew promises not to talk about Richard III.


Mathew is a Project Officer at ULAS with over a decade of archaeological experience, having excavated a wide range of rural and urban archaeology across the Midlands, from the prehistoric period through to the Second World War. His specialisms include urban archaeology, community archaeology and Roman and medieval archaeology.
Mathew graduated from the University of Leicester in 2003 with a BA in Archaeology and an MA in Landscape Studies, joining ULAS in 2004. Notable projects include a massive multi-period urban excavation (Highcross Leicester) that included excavation of Roman town houses, commercial buildings, two lost medieval churches and medieval cemeteries; a Roman cemetery (Western Road, Leicester). and the first excavated section of the Lower Icknield Way (Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire). In 2012, he directed the successful archaeological search for the lost grave of King Richard III. Recently, he has been digging up more Roman buildings and mosaics in Leicester, at the former Southgates Bus Depot and All Saints’ Brewery sites.
He has co-authored two books: ‘Visions of Ancient Leicester’ (2011) and ‘Richard III: The King under the Car Park’ (2013). He is actively involved in promoting archaeology to the general public, regularly providing talks to local societies, and is a Committee member of the Leicestershire Fieldworkers, and a Branch Leader for the Leicestershire Young Archaeologists’ Club. He also currently leads the Castle Hill Community Archaeology Dig and the Bosworth Links Community Dig.