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About the Festival of Archaeology

Mesolithic Day at King's Manor, YorkYou can get hands-on with history next summer with over 1,000 events nationwide bringing our archaeology to life during the 24th Festival of Archaeology, 12-27 July 2014 and help us celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Council for British Archaeology.

The Festival - coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology - is a great opportunity to discover your inner archaeologist and to meet the experts. Whether you are young or old, enthusiast or beginner, there will be something for everyone. 

If you've always wanted to have a go at archaeology, handle real finds, try out calligraphy and potmaking or even shoot an arrow our hands-on events will give you a chance to experience the excitement of the past for yourself. We also have events where you can ask the experts about your own finds. You can even volunteer at a dig and see archaeology at work.

The Festival will kick off the summer holidays with excavation open days, behind-the-scenes tours and workshops, guided walks, talks and finds identifications, family fun days, and much more. Visit our EVENTS SEARCH to see what’’s on in your area!

If you enjoy the Festival why not check out Scottish Archaeology Month which takes place in September every year. More details can be found on Archaeology Scotland's website here.


“Each year the Festival of Archaeology allows archaeologists to open their doors and invite people in. The result is an anniversary, a jubilee, an observance and gala of everything that is good about our past – and fun too!!”

 Phi Harding, Archaeologist


Bettany Hughes, historian and Festival enthusiast

"Every time we walk through a street, across a field, down a country lane or hurtle along a motorway, the ghosts and fragments of the past are all around us. Archaeology is a brilliant way of understanding and appreciating this massively important connection.”

"The Festival of Archaeology gets us even closer and celebrates Britain’s incredibly rich archaeological inheritance. There are a whole series of events organised across the country for everyone from budding archaeologists, and historians to those who just want to have fun learning more about the world we live in. ”

Bettany Hughes, Historian and Festival enthusiast



More about the CBA


Why not take your interest in archaeology further? The Council for British Archaeology is an education charity and the leading independent voice for archaeology in the UK. We champion the public intrest in archaeology by promoting the care and appreciation of the historic environemtn and encouraging archaeology for all.

Membership costs from only £2.34 a month for adults and we have options for families and children as well. There is also a Young Archaeologists' Club for young people aged 8-16 with a regular magazine and access to many heritage sites across the UK. The Club also runs over 60 branches nationwide.