Festival of British Archaeology

This weekend saw the start of the Festival of British Archaeology, which runs until the beginning of August, and is organised by the Council for British Archaeology.

 There are lots of exciting events for all ages and interests taking place all over the country – a great chance to find out more about archaeology near you, including lots of landscape archaeology!

 You can search for events near you on the Festival website, and here is our pick of the events in East Anglia –

  • Free tours of Caistor Roman town to the south of Norwich led by the Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Soceity. Meet in the car park. Tours start at 11am on 21st, 25th, 28th July and 8th August.
  •  A guided evening walk around Ipswich’s historic waterfront organised by Suffolk Industrial Archaeology Society on Wednesday 21st July from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. Meet at the Old Custom House, Common Quay/Key Street, Ipswich.
  • A guided evening walk around Cambridge Castle with Cambridgeshire Archaeology on Wednesday 21st July at 7pm – meet at the base of the castle mound.
  • Archaeology Weekend at Flag Fen, Peterborough – Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th July.

  • Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire – Cambridge Archaeology Field Group will be excavating the site of an 18th century farm building between Saturday 24th July and Saturday 1st August from 11am to 4pm. 
  • Archaeology Open Day at Binham Priory, Norfolk on Saturday 31st July and Sunday 1st August  including a guided tour of the monastic ruins. 10am to 4pm on Saturday and 12pm to 4pm on Sunday. 
  • Guided tour around St Benet’s Abbey, Norfolk on Sunday 1st August 2pm and 4:30pm, led by the Norfolk Archaeological Trust.

Details of all these events (and more) are all on the Festival website.

You can find more information and keep up to date with events on the CBA’s website and the Festival’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.


Author: UEA Landscape History

Landscape historians based in the School of History at the University of East Anglia.

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