The summer holidays kick off with National Archaeology Week, with simply tons of stuff going on everywhere until the end of July – read our story, or go straight to the Council for British Archaeology’s comprehensive listings to find out what’s on near you.
The Young Archaeologists Club (YAC) is also a goldmine for excavating activities – for example, the Fairfield Project in Somerset wants 13-15-year-olds to help out with a dig between July 26 and August 3. Youngsters will learn loads of techniques like landscape surveying and artefact collecting, while uncovering the vanished village of Fairfield – find out how to get involved here
Maybe you’ve found an old piece of pottery or an ancient coin by yourself – how do you find out whether it really is from the Iron Age or if it’s a rare Tudor artefact? Museums often have ‘finds days’ when you can turn up with your object and have it examined by an expert, who will also record it on a national database.