Summer Holidays - Try Your Hand At Archaeology

By 24 Hour Museum Staff

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.

Wycombe Museum, Bucks, is holding such a day on August 5 from 2-4pm, Bayham Abbey in Kent on August 6, and Pevensey Castle, East Sussex, on August 20.

To see the database of finds that ordinary people have uncovered, get on to Pastexplorers or the Portable Antiquities Scheme website,

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