Festival of Archaeology 2016

We are pleased to reveal the dates of the 2016 Festival of Archaeology are 23 and 24 July. The festival will feature leading archaeologists, broadcasters and living history groups from across Britain and once again provide a programme of fascinating and enjoyable talks, show stands and entertainment.

This year the festival will feature a live demonstration dig at the Museum. ‘Phil’s Dig’ will be happening over both days led by well-known archaeologist, Phil Harding. Visitors will see over the course of the weekend, how archaeology should be done and why. Joining Phil’s team will be other archaeologists he has worked with many times before….

2016 also sees an exotic twist to the programme as the Salisbury Museum plays host to the British Museum’s touring exhibition ‘Writing for Eternity: Decoding Ancient Egypt.’ To celebrate this we have talks from eminent Egyptologists. Dr Richard Parkinson, author and broadcaster from Oxford University will give a talk on Egyptian writing while Dr Toby Wilkinson, author and broadcaster from Cambridge University will be talking about the history of ancient Egypt. The exhibition has been curated by Ilona Regulski from the British Museum, who will be providing an insight into the collection with gallery talks for festival visitors.

Elsewhere, things are distinctly British. Professor Vincent Gaffney is visiting the festival to deliver a talk on his ‘Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes’ project which, by using the latest technology, has revealed much more about the Stonehenge setting.

More talks are being confirmed, bringing the best and latest in archaeology to the festival.

The ever popular showground of heritage, living history and archaeology groups will be providing activities for all ages and abilities as well as delicious food and drink. If you are an experienced professional or a family looking for an inspiring, fun day out, we will once again have the place for you to be.

Entry to the festival is a donation of £2 and tickets for talks are £6 each.

Tickets can now be purchased online.