This popular and free open day includes talks and activities for all ages plus stands and displays by local societies, archaeological units, metal detectorists, and the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Held from 10am to 4pm in Milton Keynes Central Library, Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 3HL.
The day's first speaker at 11am is medieval pottery expert Paul Blinkhorn, a well-known face from his appearances on TV's Time Team, Pub Dig and many other shows. Paul will be presenting his talk Carry on Trowelling which will be a light-hearted look at the history of archaeology in the media.
During the interval (12 - 2pm) the Council for British Archaeology, South Midlands Group will be hosting an archaeology and heritage book stall.
At 2pm we welcome Cecily Cropper of MFL Archaeology to speak on the subject of Forensic Archaeology: UK and International. Cecily has worked on crime scenes in the UK in addition to post-conflict and disaster exhumation / excavation programmes in Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq and beyond. Her talk will explore the development of this branch of archaeology from the 1980s onwards and look at its application through a number of case studies. Please note: This talk is not suitable for younger children
Don't forget to bring along any finds or artefacts to be identified by Ros Tyrrell and Julie Cassidy of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, who will be joined by displays from members of the Magiovinium Metal Detector Club and friends. Displays of recent work by the CLASP Community Landscape & Archaeology Survey Project, Wing Heritage Project, and the Upper Nene Archaeological Society will complement a new Discover MK exhibition on Archaeology in Milton Keynes.
Upstairs in the Lending Library a team from ASC Ltd will be hosting Hands-On Archaeology Workshops featuring a range of activities for ages 8+. These practical sessions are on a drop-in basis from 10am to 3pm, come for 5 minutes or 35 minutes.
There will also be Digging Dinosaurs a themed story time for age 7s and under in the children's library at 11am.
[Illustration from the Finds from Village Fields website.]
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