Festival of Archaeology 2011

This weekend saw the start of the Festival of British Archaeology, organised by the Council for British Archaeology. There are over 800 events taking place all over the country, and this weekend we led some guided tours of the landscape history and archaeology of Earlham Park.

Above: Earlham Hall in the early nineteenth century, before later alterations were made to the facade (including the addition of Dutch gables).

The Hall dates back to the sixteenth century, and the landscape park around it was laid out during the eighteenth century. The park preserved some elements of an earlier agricultural landscape, including ancient oak pollards from old hedgerows, field boundary banks and the earthworks of a road or hollow way.

Above: Earlham Park from the air, 1946. The golf course to the south of the park is now the site of the University of East Anglia.

There are over 800 events taking place all over the country as part of the Festival – you can search for ones near you on the Festival website.

In Norfolk there are several events taking place at key archaeological sites:

Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project – 2nd July to 13th August

Excavations open daily with weekly talks on Tuesday evenings.

Caistor St Edmund Roman Town – 17th, 20th, 24th and 27th July at 11am.

Guided tours of the site of the Roman town with the Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society.

Science Cafe: Caring for Archaeological Objects – 20th July 7:30pm

The science cafe at the Maddermarket Theatre will focus on the care of archaeological artefacts.

Binham Priory Open Weekend – 23rd & 24th July

Mini digs around the site of Binham Priory with guided walks of the site.

Lynn Museum Archaeology Day – 30th July

Hands-on activities and artefacts at the home of Seahenge.

More details and booking information for these events is available from the Festival website.