The Festival of Archaeology in the North of England
Summer is here and the Festival of Archaeology is approaching fast! This year we focus on science and technology in archaeology: #ArchaeoTech
So what does the Festival offer for our Young Archaeologists? As always, you will have the chance to explore your local archaeology, watch experts at work and, of course, get some hands-on experience yourself. Between digs and excavations, re-enactors and food tastings, talks and tours, there is something to be found for everyone. We have an abundance of events and with a quick search you can find one near you.
Just to give you an idea of the range of options, here are a few of the events that will soon be happening in the North of England.
What's happening in the North of England during the Festival of Archaeology?
For example, why not visit Romans! at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival? On Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July the festival offers live music, cultural performances, pyrotechnics and much more! Whether you want to play Roman board games, take part in a tournament in our mini colosseum, try your hand at knucklebones and dice games or perhaps invent your own games, everyone is welcome and fun is guaranteed.
Not all archaeology is visible to the naked eye. For all you aspiring scientists the University of York will introduce you to bioarchaeology and the analysis of ancient DNA on Saturday 13th July. You will learn to calculate ancient DNA sequences and how to use them to identify from what species the DNA came. Students of bioarchaeology will be happy to answer your questions and explain what they study and what we can learn from it.
If all of that sounds far too theoretical for you, why not try experimental archaeology? Experimental archaeology tests archaeologists’ theories by recreating practices of ancient times. At Ness Botanic Gardens, Sunday 28th July will be Experimental Archaeology Day! The Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology will be demonstrating experiments on Bronze Age copper smelting as well as early human fire use. Come along for activities, fun and demonstrations.
And our final suggestion of the day? Test-Pitting at Conisbrough Castle! Instead of just looking at what other people have done, this event will allow you to open your own test-pit in the grounds of the Castle. Excavation, recording and interpreting your finds are all part of the deal, as is the chance to work with archaeological artefacts. With a limited number of places available, don’t miss your opportunity on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July.
Do you have any great ideas for this year’s festival? Why not create your own event and allow Young Archaeologists to learn from you!