World Archaeology Festival 2014

Start: Mar 21, 2014 11:00 AM
End: Jun 14, 2014 05:00 PM

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology

World Archaeology Festival 2014

The Institute's contribution to the Council of British Archaeology's Festival of British Archaeology will take place on Saturday 14 June from 11am-5pm

The 'World Archaeology Festival: Passport to the Past' will involve lots of activities taking place in Gordon Square and in the Institute of Archaeology building for families and all members of the public.

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.

Please do save the date and come along to participate in the event! 

Activities in Gordon Square Gardens should include

Sandpit Archaeology: Learn how to excavate and unearth the past Shield Yourself: Make a copy of the famous Battersea Shield Can You Dig it?: Learn how archaeologists decide where to dig and what to do with the finds
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. Help make an art work for the Institute
Characters from the Thames: Examine  objects from the Thames Foreshore and see who they belonged to
Paint the Past: Learn about African art, paint a mural and have your face painted as your favourite animal
Pace Yourself: Learn some basic archaeological surveying techniques
Make it in Stone: See how to work flint into tools (flint knapping)
Palaeolithic Picasso: Practice bone art just like the ancients London Pleistocene Park: Discover the animals that roamed London in 50,000BC The Past in Clay: Make your pot using the techniques of the past
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 should include

Conservation Laboratory - piecing together the past: See what’s involved in conserving objects for display in museums. Find out what we discover during conservation Stories of the Past: Use our ancient Greek pottery to create your own myths and legends Sherds through Time: Create a timeline using Ancient Egyptian material from the Institute's collections
When Bad Things happen to Good Books: Come and see how damage and decay affect our books. Learn book mending and basic conservation Animal Misfits: Match the noses and toeses to make up the animal. Egyptian Rituals: Make your own servant to work for you in the Egyptian afterlife. Wax modelling and painting of Shabti’s
Scenes from the Past: Be inspired by archaeologists' travels. Make your own greetings cards inspired by your archaeological expedition at the Institute Maya you have a Happy Birthday: Discover the Maya calendar and your birthday secrets Write like an Egyptian: Learn how to write your name in hieroglyphs and make your own clay seal
Petrie Museum: Try making your own pot inspired by the Petrie Museum's collections    
Flint knapping activities at the World Archaeology Festival 2013
Zooarchaeology activities at the World Archaeology Festival 2013
Egyptian activities at the World Archaeology Festival 2013

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

Don't miss the chance to explore Europe's largest archaeological institution and interact with some of our 80,000 objects! 

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

World Archaeology Festival 2014: Passport to the Past

Tours & Children's Trail

  • Tours of the Institute of Archaeology Collections and Object Handling Sessions will take place at 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Tours will start from the ground floor information desk and participants should sign up in advance (max 15 people per tour).
  • Passport to the Past - follow our children's trail around the Institute. Let Mortimer guide you around, answer the questions and receive a prize.
  • Visitors will also have the chance to see our latest exhibition on 'Voices of War: UCL in WWI' 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.

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