The Festival of Archaeology in the South 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 soutb of England.
What's happening in the south of England during the Festival of Archaeology?
Have you ever heard of photogrammetry? If you have and would like to learn more, or, if you haven’t and would like to know what it’s all about, on Wednesday 24th July the British Museum will be opening its doors to 14 to 25 year olds eager to explore the technology behind investigating and recording artefacts. The event will include exploring the museum, an artefact handling session, creating gifs and, last, but certainly not least, photogrammetry, i.e. the creation of 3-D models of artefacts from photographs the participants will get to take around the museum. Have we piqued your interest?
No? Alright, how about something a little more lively and a little less digital? The Anglo-Saxon Discovery Day on Saturday 27th July offers swords, shields and chainmail you can try on yourself. You will get to do crafts and handle replica objects from the Prittlewell Princely Burial chamber.
Naturally, not everyone loves swords and shields, but who can resist a furry friend? On Friday 26th July, All about our animals - four legged Friday! will allow you to learn everything there is to know about animals, if they’re rare breeds, what places they occupied in ancient life, how to handle their bones and much more!
For those of you who want to learn a thing or two about buildings archaeology this year, the Avalon Archaeology Day might be the right fit. Due to open to the general public later this year, Sunday 21st July is an exclusive opportunity to learn about the reconstruction of a Saxon longhall as well as to explore the dining room of a Roman villa, which includes an ancient central heating system called hypocaust heating. And, to add extra excitement, a Viking troop will be on site to show off traditional crafts and combat skills.
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!