What does archaeology mean to you? This July at the museum, it will mean a weekend of discovery, entertainment and fascination in the heart of Wessex. Recommended by families and history buffs alike, we will be bringing well known faces from TV to the city, as well as giving access to people working on world class archaeology projects.
This year, Dr Phil Harding is preparing film footage to be shown by his dig team, of work carried out at the museum prior to the festival, whilst the man himself will be in Belgium at the Waterloo battlefield site.
The festival talks are the perfect way to find out more about research into our landscape, including Christina Willis’ work on burial at Stonehenge; forgotten dwellings revealed by Dr Alex Langlands outside Old Sarum; the latest finds from Richard Osgood (Archaeologist of the Year 2019) and the ‘Operation Nightingale’ soldiers at Barrow Clump; and the incredible prehistoric and WW1 discoveries recorded by Wessex Archaeology at Larkhill.
The festival showground, full of hands-on activities and demonstrations for the whole family, ranges from Saxons detailing life and death 800 years ago to musicians taking you through the development of tunes through the ages. Watch this space for updates.