Festival of British Archaeology 2009

Formerly “National Archaeology Week”, the newly named “Festival of British Archaeology 2009” will take place between Saturday 18th July and Sunday 2nd August at venues and sites across the UK.

The Festival of British Archaeology (formerly National Archaeology Week) is your unique chance to discover and explore the archaeological heritage of the United Kingdom. During this two-week archaeological extravaganza, which will run from Saturday 18th July to Sunday 2nd August, you can take part in excavation open days, hands-on activities, family fun days, guided tours, exhibitions, lectures, ancient art and craft workshops and much, much more.

The aim of this annual event is to encourage everyone, including young people and their families to visit sites of archaeological/historical interest or museums, heritage and resource centres, to see archaeology in action and to take part in activities on-site.

The Festival is a celebration of both British archaeology and of the presentation of archaeology from around the world in Britain. Events take place annually all over the UK.

The Festival of British Archaeology is the new name for National Archaeology Week (which has been taking place since 2005, as an expansion of National Archaeology Days, which were established in 1990). The Festival retains the general format of National Archaeology Week but gives everyone even more opportunity to participate in a wide range of archaeology related activities and events across the UK, by spreading the events over a fortnight.

More details can be found at the Festival of British Archaeology website.

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