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World Archaeology Festival

Publication date: May 16, 2013 2:26:55 PM

Start: Jun 8, 2013 11:00:00 AM
End: Jun 8, 2013 5:00:00 PM

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology & Gordon Square Gardens

World Archaeology Festival

Following the success of the Institute's 75th anniversary celebrations in 2012, the Institute is hosting another World Archaeology Festival on 8 June. 

World Archaeology Festival: the past on your doorstep

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The UCL Institute of Archaeology will be holding free, fun family events as part of the nationwide Festival of British Archaeology. Tours of the Institute's world-renowned collections and object handling-sessions will be available while archaeologically-related activities for adults and children alike will also be on offer as well as displays of experimental archaeological techniques.

All activities are drop-in, there is no need to book and all are welcome!

Activities in Gordon Square Gardens include
  • Sandpit Archaeology - Learn how to excavate and unearth the past
  • Shield Yourself - Make a copy of the famous Battersea shield
  • Ancient Lotions - Learn how to make lotions from history using lavender and roses
  • Make a Mosaic - Make a mosaic inspired by the past
  • Cave Art - Try making paints and see what kind of cave art you can create. Find out what types of minerals were used to make the paints with our Geology experts
  • Make a Mummy - Mummify a fish just like the Egyptians
  • Make it in Stone - See how to work flint (flint knapping) into tools
  • Palaeolithic Picasso - Practice bone art just like the ancients
  • London Pliocene Park - Discover the animals that roamed London, 10 million BC
  • From Skin to Leather - See how animal hides are transformed into leather
  • Meat: the ancestors - See how our ancestors processed meat
Activities in the Institute of Archaeology include
  • Piecing together the Past - See what is involved in conserving objects for display in museums and find out what can be discovered during conservation
  • Poster People of the IoA - Meet the people at the heart of our research and discuss their ideas
  • Library Treasure Trail - Do your own research and receive a prize
  • Animal Misfits - Match the noses and toeses to make up the animal
  • Egyptian Rituals - Wax modelling and painting of Shabti's. Make your own servant to work for you in the Egyptian afterlife
  • Potty about Petrie - Try making your own pots inspired by the Petrie Museum's collections
  • Writing Home - Be inspired by archaeologists' travels and send postcards home motivated by your archaeological expedition at the Institute
  • Maya you have a Happy Birthday - Discover the Maya calendar and your birthday secrets
  • Amazing Amazon - Find out about Amazonian Archaeology and learn about the science behind the archaeology
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Don't miss the chance to explore Europe's largest archaeological institution and interact with some of our 80,000 objects! 

An information desk will be located on the ground floor of the Institute to answer any queries you may have while a 'pop-up cafe' on the 6th floor will be available when it is time to take a break!

  • Tours of the Institute of Archaeology Collections and Object Handling Sessions will take place at 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm. Tours will start from the ground floor information desk and participants should sign up in advance (max 15 people per tour).
  • Blitz on Bloomsbury - tours will be given of Bloomsbury bringing World War II to life and showing the effects the war had on the local area. Tours begin at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm and again will start from the ground floor information desk.
  • Visitors will also have the chance to see our latest exhibition on 'Food in Social Relationships' on display in the A.G. Leventis Gallery of Cypriot and Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology.

The Institute's participation in the Festival of British Archaeology is part of its ongoing commitment to public engagement and outreach activities, to provide archaeological opportunities of the highest quality to all, regardless of background. 

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Ian Carroll / Charlotte Frearson

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