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About the Festival of Archaeology

Mesolithic Day at King's Manor, York1,000s of people get hands-on with the past across the UK at events bringing our archaeology to life from 16-31 July 2016.

The Festival of Archaeology - coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) - encourages everyone to explore the archaeology of their local area, watch experts at work, and experience archaeology for themselves.

Dig visits and open days give the whole family the chance to try their hand at techniques such as digging and identifying finds and experience the excitement of archaeology.

Enjoy farm and woodland-themed activities, talks on the latest discoveries and expert-led walks. Tours of sites and buildings from recent centuries bring our industrial past to life - you can walk in the steps of Robert Stephenson and visit a coal mine.

Experience life as a Roman, Greek and Egyptian, with living history, warfare demonstrations, food tasting and mosaic making. Learn about the technology behind archaeology and have a go at geophysical and topographic surveys, or take part in mini-excavations or excavate a prehistoric and Romano-British site.

As ever, the Festival kicks off the summer holidays with hundreds of activities. 

Enjoy archaeology all year round

Join the UK's leading archaeology charity, the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) and keep up with the latest discoveries and events.

Receive British Archaeology, our flagship magazine, and our members' newsletter direct to your door, plus offers, special events and plenty of ways to get involved in your local area. Options for adults start from just £3.20 a month. Order your membership pack today!

The Young Archaeologists' Club offers hands-on archaeology activities for young people aged 8 to 16. There are 69 YAC Branches across the UK. Most meet once a month, usually on a Saturday, and they are a great way to learn more about archaeology in your area and make new friends. To find out more about what Branches do and how you can get involved visit

The Council for British Archaeology (CBA)

The CBA is working tirelessly to help safeguard Britain’s historic environment, from prehistoric and medieval sites to industrial structures and 20th century buildings. We provide opportunities for everyone to discover and learn from archaeology, and get involved.

Membership makes a vital contribution to our funding so we can continue our work speaking up for archaeology and showing decision-makers that archaeology matters! Join the CBA and help us to give our past a future.