PAS at the Festival of British Archaeology 2015 - The South West

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Celebrating its twenty-fifth year, the Festival of Archaeology is a nationwide fortnight-long festival of outreach events and activities coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) which offers members of the public the chance to explore their local archaeology. In the first of four instalments about the Portable Antiquities Scheme's (PAS) involvement in the 2015 Festival of Archaeology (11th - 26th July), we take a look at events run and attended by the Scheme's Finds Liaison Officers (FLOs) in the South-West of England.

Danielle Wootton, FLO for Devon, returns to the Romano-British site at Ipplepen this month for a fifth season of excavations led by the University of Exeter, the PAS' partner hosts for the county. The site was discovered by metal detectorists who found and reported a concentration of Roman coins to the PAS. The subsequent excavations have revealed a Roman road and an important late- and post-Roman cemetery, thought to relate to the largest Roman settlement west of Exeter, featured in the third series of the BBC programme Digging for Britain earlier this year. The PAS' National Finds Adviser for Iron Age and Roman Coins, Sam Moorhead, will be joining Danielle for the excavation open day on Saturday 25th July 2015, which will include stalls, reenactors and children's activities. The Ipplepen Community Hub behind the village's Methodist Church will be serving refreshments and displaying information about the archaeological project. If you can't make it to the open day then you can read about this year's discoveries on the Ipplepen Archaeological Project blog.

Royal Cornwall Museum, Fab Finds Day

Our FLO for Cornwall, Anna Tyacke, also has a busy July ahead. She will be on hand to identify archaeological finds at both the 'Hands on History' day at Royal Cornwall Museum on Saturday 18th July (10:00 - 16:00), and an open day at the ongoing Bronze Age and Iron Age excavations at Boden on the Lizard Peninsula on Saturday 11th July (10:30 - 17:00). The Royal Cornwall Museum's Hands on History Hub is a brand new interactive learning resource for engaging visitors with the Treasure finds on display in the Museum through reproduction objects, games and activities. On the 18th July, the Hub will be shining the spotlight on seal matrixes with a 'Sealed in the Past' workshop.

In Dorset, the county's FLO, Ciorstaidh Hayward-Trevarthen, is attending lots of events during the Festival to meet members of the public. She will be in the village of Long Bredy in west Dorset on Saturday 25th July (11:00 - 16:30) for a day of test-pit digging and geophysical survey with local residents to find evidence of the settlement's early origins, followed by the experimental archaeology day with fun family activities at the Ancient Technology Centre in Cranborne on Sunday 26th July (10:00 - 16:00). Earlier in the month, Ciorstaidh will be running a drop-in finds identification service to coincide with a community open day at Priest's House Museum and Garden in Wimborne on Saturday 18th July (10:00 - 16:00), as well as at Sturminster Newton Museum on Thursday 23rd July (10:00 - 15:00).

Kurt explains things

Similarly, Laura Burnett (FLO for Somerset) will be at a public finds identification day at Wells and Mendip Museum on Thursday 23rd July (11:00 -15:00) to help identify and record archaeological artefacts found by the public whilst out walking, gardening or metal detecting. Completing the PAS' line up of events in the South-West, Kurt Adams (FLO for Gloucestershire and Avon) will be at Blaise Castle House Museum for an event celebrating Bristol's archaeology on Sunday 26th July (11:00 - 16:00).

For further information about these and other events taking place in the South-West during the 2015 Festival of Archaeology please see the CBA's Festival website. The second instalment about the PAS' involvement in the Festival of Archaeology, to be posted here soon, will look at events taking place in the South East of England.

Contact: Clemency Cooper

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