Community archaeology will be celebrated during a two day event at the University of Bradford this spring.

Posted: 25.01.13

Celebrating Community Archaeology in the South Pennines is to be held on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 and is being organised as part of the Watershed Landscape project, managed by Pennine Prospects, and the Division of Archaeological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Bradford. The event is being run as part of the National Science and Engineering Week.

Combining a series of talks, workshops and displays this event will bring together different aspects of exciting community archaeology now taking place in the South Pennines, from discovering prehistoric rock art to using satellite technology to survey landscapes, and is a celebration of the work carried out by local volunteers on archaeological projects across the South Pennines as part of the Watershed Landscape project.

The event comprises a conference on the Saturday (10am-5pm) and a Family Fun Day on the Sunday (11am-3pm).

Louise Brown, Pennine Prospects community archaeologist, said: “I am delighted that Dr Carenza Lewis, Director of Access Cambridge Archaeology has agreed to be our keynote speaker at the conference on the Saturday. Many will remember her from Time Team, but her work in widening participation and community engagement is extremely exciting and relevant to the work of the Watershed Landscape project.

“On the Sunday there will be a number of drop-in activities for all the family as well as an assortment of workshops. Among the many activities, people will be able to help unravel clues to a crime scene, discover how disease can be identified in old bones, and try their hand at an archaeological excavation, as well as find out about local societies and projects in the area at the ‘Local Archaeology and History Societies Marketplace’. We are also hoping to have a gallery of archaeology-inspired art,” Louise added.

In the workshops participants will be able to find out how to interpret local heritage by telling the stories of sites, people and places; how to use social media to advertise groups and events; discover prehistoric rock art and how to record the findings; and how to survey a landscape using satellite technology. All the workshops are free but booking is advisable.

The two days are independent and may be attended individually. Booking is required for the Saturday conference, 10am to 5pm, with a participation fee of £15 (£10 student/claimants) which includes lunch. The Sunday family fun day will take place between 11am and 3pm and is a free event. Both events will be held at the University of Bradford.

Funding for the Watershed Landscape project is provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the South Pennines LEADER programme (the Rural Development Programme for England), which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, and managed by Pennine Prospects.

For further information visit the Watershed Landscape website or email Louise Brown.

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