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Whitworth Museum: Festival of Archaeology Lancashire, 27 - 28 July 2019

Spodden Valley is teeming with the remains of lives lived long ago - from ruined villages and old monuments, to traces of the ancient hunter-gathers who once stalked this land. Curious about the past? Want to learn more about the history on your doorstep?

Whitworth Museum is hosting a special weekend of events to celebrate all the amazing history and heritage that the area has to offer.

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Living Levels: Discover Ancient History on the Gwent Levels South Wales, 30 July - 4 August 2019

Interested in ancient landscapes, digital maps, and how archaeologists identify potential sites? On behalf of Living Levels, we're running a week of mini-expeditions to survey, excavate and record historic sites along the Gwent Levels. This incredible landscape is a rare sanctuary for wildlife, but is also full of history, stories and archaeology - all waiting to be rediscovered. As an inter-tidal zone, there's huge potential to find well-preserved remains. Join us on one of our mini-expeditions and help us explore the ancient history of south east Wales!

FREE. Suitable for adults, and families with children aged 12+ Booking is essential.

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Brightwater: Dig the Medieval at Bishop Middleham Castle County Durham, 5 - 23 August 2019

Bishop Middleham Castle was a strong, well guarded manor house, and a principal residence of the Bishops of Durham from the Conquest until the late 1300s. But these bishops were no ordinary bishops... they had secular powers and the rights to raise armies, mint coins and levy taxes.

As part of Discover Brightwater, DigVentures is starting a new investigation into one of their most important sites and you can join the team!

FREE. Suitable for adults, and families with children aged 12+. Booking is essential.

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Pontefract Castle: Dig Experience Yorkshire, 26 October - 03 November 2019

Always wanted to try archaeology? Now's your chance! We’re on a mission to unearth the secrets of Pontefract’s past and find the castle’s old gatehouse. Our friendly team of archaeologists will show you how to excavate, identify different archaeological layers, and spot important archaeological features in the ground.

You’ll get to try a bit of digging, and learn what to do when you make a discovery. By the end, you’ll have had a proper taste of archaeology, while actually helping to unearth the town’s medieval history… what could be more exciting than that?!

FREE. Suitable for adults, or families with children aged 12+. Booking is essential.

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Pontefract Castle: DigCamp Yorkshire, 26 October - 3 November 2019

DigVentures is heading to Pontefract Castle, and we're inviting a team of Junior Archaeologists to help us unearth part of the castle's long-lost history.

Bring your family to Dig Camp and you’ll get to spend the day doing archaeology together. You’ll get to look for clues in the trenches to see what you can find, and then head into the Finds Lab where you’ll be able to piece together your evidence and learn more about the people of Pontefract Castle.

FREE. Suitable for families with children aged 6-12. Booking is essential.

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Pontefract Castle: Archaeology Finds Lab Yorkshire, 21 - 25 October 2019

Step into the Archaeology Finds Lab and learn all about fabulous finds, amazing artefacts, and what happens to all the freshly-dug discoveries.

You'll get an incredible insight into the lives of the people who once lived at Pontefract Castle – all by getting hands-on with the artefacts they left behind hundreds of years ago!

FREE. Suitable for adults, or families with children aged 12+. Booking is essential.

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Pontefract Castle: Junior Archaeology Finds Lab Yorkshire, 19 - 20 October 2019

Bring your family to the Junior Archaeology Finds Lab and you'll get to learn all about fabulous finds, amazing artefacts, and what archaeologists do with all their freshly-dug discoveries!

You'll also get an amazing insight into the lives of the people who once lived at Pontefract Castle – all by getting hands-on with the artefacts they left behind hundreds of years ago!

FREE. Suitable for families with children aged 6-12. Booking is essential.

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Pontefract Castle: Make a 3D Artefact Yorkshire, 26 & 28 October 2019

Want to upgrade your photography skills? This 90 minute workshop will teach you an easy way to make 3D models of historic monuments and ancient artefacts!

Game designers aren’t the only people who make digital 3D models – archaeologists, curators, and conservators do it too. In fact, ‘photogrammetry’ is now one of the quickest and easiest ways for archaeologists to share their discoveries online, in 3D.

FREE. Suitable for adults, or families with children aged 12+. Booking is essential.

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Online Course: How To Do Archaeology Everywhere, 20th August - 29th September 2019

Have you always wanted to know how to do archaeology? This step-by-step course will guide you through what archaeologists do – and how you can get involved! Endorsed by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and based on the Archaeology Skills Passport, this course is tailored to teach you the end-to-end process of actually doing archaeology.

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East Yorkshire: Dig the Romans Driffield, 20th - 25th August 2019

Two thousand years ago, the Romans marched north and established a centre at York. But while archaeologists have found many later Roman settlements from the 3rd and 4th centuries AD, only a handful of sites inhabited by the earliest Roman settlers in the region have ever been found… until now.

We're heading back to East Yorkshire to continue investigating around one of the earliest Roman settlements ever discovered in the region, and this year, we'll be opening up a new area where loads of mosaic tiles were found.

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East Yorkshire: DigCamp Driffield, 24 August 2019

Archaeology is not just for adults! Join us for a full day of archaeology and fun as we investigate one of the earliest Roman sites ever discovered north of the Humber.

Suitable for families with children aged 6-11.

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Lindisfarne: Dig the Anglo-Saxons Northumberland, 3rd - 15th September 2019

Our flagship, crowdfunded excavation will return in 2019 to continue the search for traces of the long-lost Anglo-Saxon monastery. Founded by King Oswald, and famously raided by the Vikings in AD 793, it's one of the most iconic sites in England. Now, we're digging into the detail and heading ever further back in time to find out more about the earliest days of life on Lindisfarne.

Join the excavation team, enter the Finds Room, or sit back and watch online...

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Lindisfarne: DigCamp Northumberland, 7 September 2019

Archaeology is not just for adults! Join us for a full day of archaeology and fun as we investigate an Anglo-Saxon mystery on Lindisfarne.

Suitable for families with children aged 6-11.

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