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Exploring Archaeology day: hands on activities for all the family

13 July 2004

London is home to the UK's largest university archaeology department and on Saturday 17th July it is open to the public as part of National Archaeology Day.

This one-day event will give visitors hands-on experience of archaeology as well as showcasing collections rarely on view to the public. Everyone is welcome at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY between 10am and 5pm.

Short talks for adults and older children
• Archaeology in London.
• Feeding the pyramid builders.
• Recording and studying archaeology.

For adults, families and younger children there will be all sorts of 'drop in and join in' activities:
• Roman Property: Bring in your own finds and have them identified by our resident expert
• Tour of our conservation labs: See what's involved in conserving and restoring objects for display in museums.
• Animals in archaeology: Where zoology and archaeology meet.
• Bones: Death and Disease Identify age, illnesses and ancient working practices from our archaeological bone collection.
• Ancient Communication: Experience the different ways that people have communicated and discover what modern languages can tell us about the past.
• The Archaeology of Africa: From metals to pots - technology that changed the world!

All activities are free with no need to book
Nearest tubes are Euston and Euston Square
Buses 10, 24, 29, 68, 73, 91, 188, pass nearby


Free on street parking after 1-30pm

Drinks available

Bring a picnic to enjoy in Gordon Square gardens

More info at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/events/natarchday.html