1,000s of people got hands-on with the past across the UK at events bringing our archaeology to life from 11-26 July 2015.
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 centures bring our industrial past to life - you can even visit a nuclear bunker and find out how the Victorians made ice cream.
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 rock art recording and photogrammetry, or take part in a geocaching trail on the Wales Coast Path or cleaning up a stone circle in Cornwall.
As ever, the Festival kicked off the summer holidays with hundreds of activities.
Celebrate Scottish archaeology!
Dig It! 2015 is a year-long celebration of Scottish archaeology, co-ordinated by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Archaeology Scotland. From people exploring the story of their own local area, to digs, festivals, performances and storytelling, there are so many ways for people to get involved. It will be exciting, fun, grassroots and messy – just like archaeology and archaeologists. To find out what’s happening near you, please visit www.digit2015.com
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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 www.yac-uk.org.
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