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Festival of Archaeology

The Festival of Archaeology is coordinated by the CBA, in partnership with Historic England, and showcases the very best of archaeology, with special events right across the UK.

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CBA Festival of Archaeology 2021

This year, our theme is Exploring local places. Discover the archaeology that is all around you by exploring your local area and the stories of the people and communities who lived there.

We want you to help us celebrate local sites, stories and the people who lived and shaped our local places. Archaeology is a great tool to help you do this and to find out more about places through time.

  • How have they changed and how do we use them today?
  • Who lived and worked there in the past and do we use them in the same way today?
  • What can you see today that would have been in the landscape 10, 100 or even a 1,000 years ago?

Help support the Festival

Over the last 30 years the Festival of Archaeology has grown from a one-day event to over 2 weeks with 100s of events. We are grateful for all the support we have received over the years from our event organisers, funders, CBA members and the public to help the Festival become the biggest celebration of archaeology in the UK.

To make the Festival even better in the future we need your help. We would like to be able to deliver more events ourselves and provide more help and support to our event organisers so that an even bigger audience can enjoy and be inspired by archaeology.

A donation of just £5 will make a difference and help ensure the Festival continues for years to come. To make your donation please follow this link or text DISCOVER to 70970 to donate £5 now.  

The Festival of Archaeology is coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology in partnership with Historic England. The Festival is also supported by CadwEnglish Heritage, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Towergate Insurance. The Festival of Archaeology is also part of European Archaeology Days.

To find out more about the Festival, upload details of an event or discover the Festival events happening in your local area please visit the CBA Festival of Archaeology website

If you have any questions about the Festival please contact   

The 2021 Festival of Archaeology is delivered in partnership with Historic England and supported by CadwEnglish Heritage, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Towergate Insurance.

Sponsor the CBA Festival of Archaeology

Can your organisation sponsor the CBA Festival of Archaeology throughout the year?

Key benefits to Sponsors

  • Support the UK’s largest participatory archaeology festival
  • Help raise awareness of key issues in archaeology, heritage and society 
  • Connect with over 750,000 participants across the UK
  • Reach over 100,000 CBA followers via our social media channels

To find out more about the CBA Festival of Archaeology and to discuss sponsorship opportunities please contact Claire Corkill, CBA Development Manager at

Archaeology all year round

If you enjoy the Festival, why not keep up with the latest in archaeology, and get more involved, by joining the CBA, the established voice for archaeology here in the UK.

Membership benefits include British Archaeology magazine in print and online, member newsletters and publications, offers, and invitations to join fellow members and archaeology experts at our special events and weekends.

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