The Festival of Archaeology in Wales
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 Wales.
What's happening in Wales during the Festival of Archaeology?
Let’s start with the Festival of Archaeology at the Garden! On Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July the National Botanic Garden of Wales gives you the chance to become an archaeologist for the weekend. You can create your own mosaic or dig for pots, play historic wargames or join a history walk. But whether you like to get hands-on or prefer to explore the Gardens with their Peach House and Bathhouse, Old Middleton Hall and the Grotto, everyone is welcome and fun is guaranteed.
If you like things a little spooky, perhaps you would enjoy seeing an old gold mine? On Thursday 18th July Archaeology at Dolaucothi Gold Mines offers you the chance to explore the secrets and science of the UK’s only known Roman Gold Mine.
For all you Tudor enthusiasts, Plas Penmynydd opens its doors on Saturday 20th July. The ancestral home of the Tudor dynasty welcomes visitors and the 16th century house begs to be explored as much as the gardens.
Last, but certainly not least, we give you: Exploring Ogwen Second World War Anti Invasion Defences. Quite a mouthful, but for all of you who enjoy the outdoors, don’t shy away from a good long walk and for those who are curious to learn about the abandoned stone and concrete structures at Ogwen Pass, this will be just the event! On Friday 26th July you can learn all about the threat of invasion, the structures built to prevent it and the Home Guard who manned them.
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!