Archaeology day digs up Milton Keynes’ past

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HUNDREDS of people enjoyed a blast from the past at Central Milton Keynes Library at an action-packed archaeology day earlier this month.

There were displays, talks, workshops and a wide range of practical activities about the history of Milton Keynes at the event on November 9.

Experts from Albion Archaeology hosted a hands-on archaeology workshop to give young people an insight into the methods and skills used by modern archaeologists, including uses of microscopes and photography.

There were displays throughout the library on the Borough’s rich heritage plus stands from organisations such as the City Discovery Centre, Northamptonshire’s Community Landscape and Archaeology Survey Project and the Upper Nene Archaeological Society.

Archaeologist and excavator of Bancroft Roman villa, Bob Zeepvat, presented a talk reflecting on the illustrious 20 year history of Milton Keynes own archaeological unit.

A very special guest was nationally respected archaeologist Professor Tim Darvill of Bournemouth University.

Joint leader of the first team to excavate within Stonehenge for over 50 years, Tim presented his ground-breaking research on the origin and meaning of this world renowned site under the enigmatic title: ‘Merlin’s Magic Circles: Stonehenge and the Use of the Preseli Bluestones’.

Milton Keynes Council’s senior archaeological officer, Nick Crank, said: “It was a fantastic day and many people got to find out first hand that, far from being dry and academic, archaeology is a modern, varied, and vibrant subject which tells us not only about our shared past, but about where we are today.”