Bringing the past to life

Step back into the past...
Step back into the past...

Dig into the past with a fantastic free archaeology event, happening this Saturday.

This year’s Milton Keynes Archaeology Day is set to be a historic celebration offering visitors a wide range of activities and talks.

History lovers will help curious guests unearth the new city’s full story at Milton Keynes Central Library bash between 10am and 4pm.

Medieval pottery expert Paul Blinkhorn, of TV’s Time Team and Pub Dig fame, will present a talk titled ‘Carry on Trowelling’ at 11am.

This will be a light-hearted look at the history of archaeology as presented by the media, followed by the chance to browse an archaeology and heritage book sale hosted by the South Midlands Group of the Council for British Archaeology.

For a crime scene insight, look no further than Cecily Cropper of MFL Archaeology.

Cecily has worked on crime scenes in the UK and post-conflict, and disaster exhumation and excavation programmes in Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq and beyond.

Her 2pm talk on forensic archaeology will explore the development of this branch of the discipline and is sure to be fascinating – but not suitable for younger children.

There will be plenty of events specifically for children,mind, including hands-on archaeology workshops and activities for youngsters aged 8 and up, and held on a drop-in basis from 10am until 3pm (attend for 5 minutes or 35 minutes).

Meanwhile, a ‘Digging Dinosaurs’ themed story-time for little ones aged 7 and under at 11am will be a roaring success.

Visitors are urged to bring along any finds or artefacts for identification by Ros Tyrrell and Julie Cassidy of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, and displays by members of the Magiovinium Metal Detector Club and of recent work by local groups will bring the intricacies of an archaeological dig to life.

Get stuck in.