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Festival of Archaeology 2020 – “On the Ground” Events

October 24 - November 1

The CBA Festival of Archaeology is back for its 29th year in 2020 offering hundreds more opportunities to get involved in archaeology across the UK.

This years Festival will be slightly different to the way we have run it in the past, due to the current Coronavirus situation.

From 11th to 19th July we will be running a digital Festival, with programme of online events for people to take part in.

Then from 24th October to 1 November we will have on the ground Festival events with various activities from local societies, museums, heritage organisations and other groups who will be offering the public the chance to find out more about archaeology.

As always there will be a huge range of activities to choose from including site visits, skills training opportunities, demonstrations, museum tours, talks and walks and plenty of family friendly days.

This year the CBA Festival of Archaeology theme is Climate and Environment, something that we are becoming increasingly aware of as a society. During the Festival we hope to share some of the stories of environmental change and its impact on human activity from the Mesolithic through to the present day and highlight the effect our changing climate is having on archaeological sites today.

There is lots we can do to understand our changing environment better and help protect and record the archaeology across the UK. Here are some ideas that might inspire you:

  • Think about how materials have changed over time and how long they survive in the ground. Compare the finds from an excavation with the things we leave behind today – how long will they take to decompose and what will archaeologists in the future say about us?
  • Get involved in a project that records archaeology around the coastline and help monitor the impact of erosion.
  • Arrange for your local youth or community group to do a litter pick at an archaeological site near you. You can find out more about your local archaeology and help care for it at the same time.
  • Get recycling – what archaeological evidence is there for the repair or reuse of objects? How can we reuse our rubbish?  Get inspired by archaeology and see what you can create.
  • Visit your library or go online and use old maps and photographs to look at how your local landscape has changed over time. What impact might this have on the environment?

You can download the guide to this year’s Festival theme here and discover more event ideas here.

Once again we are encouraging event organisers to provide opportunities for people of all ages to develop new skills. Check out our Festival of Archaeology Certificates for participation and skills acquisition here.


October 24
November 1
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Council for British Archaeology
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