Festival of Archaeology Starts Today

This year’s Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology 2020 will be going digital, with two weeks of exciting online events celebrating archaeology under the theme ‘Climate and Environment’.

Archaeologist, Credit Wessex Archaeology

Archaeologist, Credit Wessex Archaeology

Delivered by chosen partner, Wessex Archaeology, the festival will be taking place in two parts:

  • 11 – 19 July, focusing on digital events
  • 24 October – 1 November, offering events to view real-time archaeology

The festival will kick off with a special online launch event on Saturday 11 July at 11am with the webinar Discover Environmental Archaeology, featuring Time Team and Wessex Archaeology archaeologist Dr Phil Harding exploring the basics of environmental archaeology. This will be followed by an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Wessex Archaeology’s environmental laboratory.

Other sessions include:

  • an in-depth webinar on environmental archaeology:The Domestication of Plants and New Discoveries about the First Cereals in Britain
  • a practical workshop for children and young people:Archaeology 3D: learn how archaeologists recreate past landscapes and turn ecofacts into 3D models
  •  a student careers session.

The launch day will be followed by a week of free digital sessions for the public to join with something to interest all ages and abilities.

Domestication of Plants, Credit Wessex Archaeology

Domestication of Plants, Credit Wessex Archaeology

Other highlights from the Wessex Archaeology Festival Programme include A Potted History – the Iron Age / Roman transition in Hampshire, a collaboration with Hampshire Cultural Trust. This is a series of short films that will be released over the week and culminate in a live question and answer session on Friday 17 July, 12.30-1.30pm.

Videos will be released daily online from Sunday 12 July.  View at Culture on Call

Sign up for the Q&A and submit your questions in advance at A Potted History – the Iron Age / Roman transition in Hampshire Live Q&A (part 6 of 6)

Wessex Archaeology will conclude their digital events programme for the Festival of Archaeology with a family friendly story telling session,Arno the Archaeologist. The story and illustrations were created by Wessex Archaeology staff to introduce archaeology to children under 7, both at home and in schools. The production will premiere on the Wessex Archaeology YouTube channel on Saturday 18th July at 9am, Arno the Archaeologist and the Metal Detector

Large Excavation, Credit Wessex Archaeology

Large Excavation, Credit Wessex Archaeology

Neil Redfern, Executive Director, Council for British Archaeology  said:

“Archaeology has always responded to the world in which we exist, and this year is no different. By hosting a digital festival, we hope to bring something new and dynamic to how we engage and participate as archaeologists.

“We want to go beyond just cancelling or postponing our summer event to ensure that an important date in many people’s diaries remains at this crucial time for all those working, volunteering, or studying in the archaeology sector.”

The Festival is the largest annual festival to celebrate archaeological heritage in the UK. Now in its 29th year the Festival of Archaeology has grown from a single day to a two-week event which is normally held in July.

For more information on the digital launch events and to book visit CBA Festival of Archaeology

Stonehenge, Credit Wessex Archaeology

Stonehenge, Credit Wessex Archaeology

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