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

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In this second instalment, we look at upcoming events involving the Portable Antiquities Scheme's (PAS) Finds Liaison Officers (FLOs) in South-East England as part of the 2015 Festival of Archaeology (11th - 26th July). The Festival of Archaeology is a nationwide fortnight-long festival of outreach events and activities offering members of the public the chance to explore their local archaeology. The annual Festival is coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) and celebrates its twenty-fifth year in 2015.

Anni Byard, the Scheme's FLO for Oxfordshire and West Berkshire, is helping to supervise the Discovering Dorchester research project run by Oxford Archaeology and the University of Oxford's School of Archaeology. Dorchester is the only known site of Iron Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon urban settlement unobscured by later development. The sixth season of excavations returns to Dorchester's allotments to continue exploring the early 2nd and 1st century AD Roman town. The excavation team are regularly updating ablog about the discoveries being made on site, and there will be an open day on Saturday 18th July (12:30 - 17:00) with guided tours of the excavation trenches and finds and hands on activities. As well as being the Finds Officer at Dorchester, Anni will also be identifying finds at the West Berkshire Museum in Newbury on Wednesday 15th July (14:00 - 16:00), and at Abingdon County Hall Museum on Thursday 23rd July (10:30 - 16:00) alongside Roman themed family activities and the Gateway to the Gods exhibition about Roman settlement in the area.

Shorwell, Isle of Wight - Midsummer Fair

On the Isle of Wight, our FLO for the island, Frank Basford, will be at Newport Roman Villa on Saturday 25th July (11:00 - 15:00) to identify and record finds brought along by visitors. There will also be a range of craft activities and a family treasure hunt on offer at the villa. Back on the mainland, Faye Minter of the Suffolk PAS team will also be on hand to identify archaeological finds discovered by members of the public at Quatrefoil's 'Bringing Local History Alive' event presenting their research on the local history of several mid-Suffolk villages on Saturday 11th July (10:00 16:00) at St Mary's Church Rickinghall Inferior.

This month, Jen Jackson (FLO for Medway and Kent) is holding drop-in finds identification surgeries at Maidstone County Hall on Friday 17th July (17:00 - 18:00) and at the Beany in Canterbury on Monday 20th July (10:00 - 13:00). She is also offering dedicated appointments on these two days but these must be booked in advance.

As well as these open days and finds surgeries, our newly appointed FLO for Essex, Ben Paites will be heading a Twitter campaign during the Festival of Archaeology on the Colchester Museums Twitter feed, profiling finds that have come into the museum through PAS (both Treasure and other finds) and explaining about his role as a FLO for the county.

Find out what our FLOs in the Midlands are up to during the Festival in the third of four instalments, coming soon. For further information about events taking place in the South-East during the 2015 Festival of Archaeology please see the CBA's Festival website.

Contact: Clemency Cooper

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