Take part in the Festival of Archaeology!

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Festival of Archaeology

This July ACE will be taking part in the annual Festival of Archaeology coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology. The aim of the national festival is to showcase the best of British Archaeology, which represents a great opportunity for the public to get engaged with archaeological projects taking place in the Department. A range of events will be taking place between the 13th and 28th July, to share some of our exciting research with a wider audience.

Lunchtime Lecture Series

The lunchtime lecture series offers a chance for the public to learn more about the variety of interesting research projects currently taking place in the Department. With talks from postgraduate students, early career researchers, lecturers and Museum staff the lectures are also a great way for current and prospective students to discover the potential career pathways open to those studying in these fields. 

Thursday 18th July (12pm - 12:30pm) - Submerged Worlds: Maritime Archaeology by Stamatia Galata

Thursday 18th July (12:30pm - 1pm) - The Iconography and Identity of Paddle Dolls: gaudy or godly? by Megan Clarke

Monday 22nd July (12pm - 1pm) - Any Old Iron? by Harold Mytum and Rob Philpott

Monday 22nd July (1pm - 2pm) - Human Evolutions Burning Question by Sally Hoare

Tuesday 23rd July (12pm - 1pm) - Before Egypt Exhibition by Gina Criscenzo-Laycock

Thursday 23th July (12pm - 1pm) - How Did I Get Here? by Nicola Euston

Friday 26th July (12pm - 12.30pm)  - Unlocking the Secrets of the Mysteries of Mithras by Kevin Stoba

Friday 26th July (12:30pm - 1pm) - Cracked it! Tool Use and Field of Primate Archaeology by Kristian Boote

To book, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/victoria-gallery-and-museum-12385307491

Garstang Family Saturdays

Saturday 13th, 20th and 27th July

10am - 2pm

 The Garstang Museum is opening its doors for a family friendly open day with a variety of engaging educational talks and fun activities for everyone to enjoy. 

Our expert-led object handling sessions will give the public the chance to interact with the Museum's archaeology collection like never before. In this tactile session, the public can learn about how each of the objects was fabricated and their function in antiquity. 

Our Museum staff will be providing in-depth tours of the collection throughout the day, being guided through each of the fascinating objects on display. You can also get a glimpse of the Garstang Mummy and even see inside the wrappings with our display of x-ray images. 

Children and grown-ups alike can try their hand at our make your own Cuneiform tablets activity and inscribe your name in teraccot clay using the ancient Ugarit alphabet. Not only is this activity a great deal of fun, but it serves as a lesson in the difficulties of translating phrases from one language to another. Since many of the usual sounds found in English don't exist in the Ugarit alphabet, sutdents have to get creative when attempting to write their intended phrase. 

The Family Saturday at the Garstang is set to be a full celebration, with a face painter and Egyptian dress-up box for those who wish to really get into the spirit of things. 

No booking is required for this event. 


Archaeology Quiz

Victoria Gallery and Museum

Friday 26th July

6:45pm - 9pm

Do you know your Indiana Jones from your John Garstang? Your Lara Croft from your Gertrude Bell? Then this is the quiz for you. As part of the CBA Fesival of Archaeology, ACE will be holding their first ever ACE quiz. 

With a mix of questions from archaeolgy, Egyptology and classics in popular culture, to name that famous archaeologist, you needn't be a professional to play.

Hosted by guest quizmaster, Head of Museums and Galleries Nicola Euston, the event will take place in the beautiful Victorian surroundings of the VG&M, wih drinks available at the cafe bar. 

Participants can either choose their own teams of six or come along on the night and let us decide your teams for you. 

Doors open at 6:30pm and the quiz will start promptly at 7pm - trowels at the ready!

Book your tickets here.