18 July 2007
The UCL Institute of Archaeology opened its doors last Saturday to everyone interested in finding out what it means to be an archaeologist in the 21st century.
Over 75 people turned up for the Institute's seventh annual open day, timed to coincide with National Archaeology Week, which is run by the Council for British Archaeology.
This year there was special emphasis on conveying the relevance and excitement of archaeology to children, with sessions ranging from figurine-painting and mosaic-making to sandpit archaeology.
Teenagers and adults enjoyed talks by researchers at the Institute on half a million years of archaeology in London and careers in the discipline, amongst other subjects.
To find out more about the Institute's year-round activities for the public and its research priorities in its 70th year, follow the link at the top of this article to listen to a UCL News podcast.
Image: Masters student Helen Stamp explains the principles of excavation to aspiring archaeologists