‘The biggest, oldest, most popular and most diverse…’ That’s how just a handful of the talks could be described at this year’s Festival of Archaeology. For the fourth year, the weekend will be crammed with well-known faces, activities for all the family, fascinating talks and news from the latest developments in archaeology, all set in the beautiful grounds and nationally designated collections of Salisbury Museum.
Highlights this year include Helen Wass, Head of Heritage on the HS2 rail project bringing news from the country’s biggest ever archaeology project, Christie Willis investigating Stonehenge’s numerous Neolithic cremation burials and Wessex Archaeology’s Simon Cleggett detailing their vast project which has revealed a timeline of archaeology whilst working for the military in preparation for the new army basing on the edge of Salisbury Plain.
We are very proud to host Archaeologist of the year, Richard Osgood, who will be representing ‘Operation Nightingale’ and their work to rescue an extensive Anglo Saxon cemetery on Salisbury Plain from… badgers!
Every year the festival attracts well known faces from television, and this year is no different with Mary-Ann Ochota coming along to discuss her book ‘Hidden Histories: A Spotter’s Guide to the British Landscape’, a brilliant source of reference for anyone with a curiosity for their surroundings. Also from television we will be hosting Dr Alex Langlands who, as well as creating a ‘dig HQ’ in the museum to display the findings of his 2019 Old Sarum Environs project, will be giving an exclusive talk on the finds just a day after the dig is completed.
Adding a new twist to the event is always a pleasure, and this year we are pleased to be adding, for the first time, a stand-up comic! Ella Al-Shamahi, well known comedian will be coming along to share her PhD research into Neanderthals and their DNA. When not studying or gigging in Britain, Ella has a reputation for taking her research into conflict zones around the world, climbing into Palaeolithic cave dwellings in regions swarming with land mines and insurgents.
Festival of Archaeology Talks Schedule - to purchase tickets for any of these talks, click here TICKETS
Saturday 13 July
10.30 - 11.30 Mary-Ann Ochota - Hidden Histories: A Spotter's Guide to the British Landscape
12.00 - 13.00 Ella Al-Shamahi - Are You a Neaderthal?
13.30 - 14.30 Richard Osgood - A Gothic Tale: Spears and Javelins at Barrow Clump
15.00 - 16.00 Helen Wass - People Time Place: Historic Environment on HS2
Sunday 14 July
10.30 - 11.30 Simon Cleggett - Wonderful Things: The Army Basing Programme and the Stonehenge Landscape
12.00 - 13.00 Dr Alex Langlands - Britons, Bridges and Boroughs: Old Sarum from the Fall of Rome to the Coming of the Vikings
13.30 - 14.30 Christie Willis - Up in Flames: Cremation at Stonehenge and in Neolithic Britain
15.00 - 16.00 Lorraine Mepham and Adrian Green - More Cakes and Buns! Diggin the Foundations of the Cafe