Dig in to have fun looking at the past

Time detectives from Wharfedale are wanted for an archaeology fun day next month.

Budding archaeologists can join in workshops and drop-in sessions for all the family to find out about diseases in old bones, unravel the clues of the landscape and see how flint was shaped into tools during an Archaeology Fun Day at the University of Bradford.

The event is to be held on Sunday, March 17 from 11am to 3pm, 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.

“Why not come along and become a time detective,” said Louise Brown, Pennine Prospects community archaeologist. “Among the many activities, people will be able to help unravel clues to a crime scene 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 will also have a gallery of archaeology-inspired art.”

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 archaeology family fun day will take place from 11am to 3pm in the Phoenix South West Building 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.

The project recently won the prestigious UK Landscape Award and will now go forward to represent the UK in the European Landscape Awards 2013.

For further information visit the website at watershedlandscape.co.uk/comm-arch-event or email Louise at Louise.Brown@pennineprospects.co.uk.

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