Festival of Archaeology

The Festival of Archaeology is an annual UK-wide festival and for 2020 is online.

11-19 July – Watch and join in from home #FestivalOfArchaeology

The Festival is coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology & showcases the very best of Archaeology for everyone.

2020 events

There’s a whole 9 days of events online that can be found by visiting the festival website – For 2020 the theme is climate and environment.

Ask an Archaeologist Day

The 2020 #AskAnArchaeologist Day will take place on Wednesday 15 July. Get your questions ready! Follow @AskAnArchDay on Twitter and see the website for details

Wiltshire related events

We’ve highlighted events with a Wiltshire connection:

Discover environmental archaeology

11 July 2020, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Introduced by Time Team’s Dr Phil Harding and featuring an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Wessex Archaeology’s environmental laboratory with environmental scientist Jenny, discover the amazing world of environmental archaeology that is both huge… and tiny! 
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The Domestication of Plants and New Discoveries about the First Cereals in Britain

11 July 2020, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Join Wessex Archaeology’s Dr Inés López-Dóriga to find out all about the Domestication of Plants and New Discoveries about the First Cereals in Britain
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Alex Langlands: Digitally reconstructing excavations at Old Sarum

12 July 2020, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Join Alex as he digitally reconstructs the 1912 and 1913 excavations of Old Sarum’s cathedral site
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Interactive talk with Q&A afterwards. 

From Trenches to TV: The 21st Century Archaeologist

15 July 2020, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Join Dr Heather Sebire, an English Heritage archaeologist from the world-famous Stonehenge World Heritage Site, and Alex Fitzpatrick, a zooarchaeologist and science communicator to get the inside scoop on what day to day life can be like for an archaeologist in the 21st century
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Bacon Sandwiches and Stonehenge: Connecting Local Youth with Heritage Sites

16 July 2020, 10:00am – 11:00am
This Zoom event will explore the hopes of a group of young people for the heritage of the future, inspiring more young people to get involved in heritage in their local communities, through exciting and innovative projects, like ‘Our Stones’ – a documentary created by young people about Stonehenge 
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Stonehenge 3019 – Climate Past and Future

17 July 2020, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
If you could picture Stonehenge, one of the most iconic sites on earth, in the Year 3019, what would it look like?
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Previous events in Wiltshire:

Photos of Festival of Archaeology 2018 at Salisbury Museum
Photos of Festival of Archaeology 2017 at Salisbury Museum