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Festival of Archaeology

The Festival showcases the very best of archaeology, with special events right across the UK, organised and hosted by museums, heritage organisations, national and countryside parks, universities, local societies, community archaeologists, Young Archaeologist's Clubs and youth groups.

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Festival of Archaeology 2019

We are delighted to announce the 2019 Festival of Archaeology will take place from 13 - 28 July.

Following a year off in 2018, the 2019 Festival of Archaeology is back bigger and better, and will form part of the 75th anniversary of the Council for British Archaeology.

Our new website includes online registration guides and publicity materials for event organisers- so it’s even easier than before to get involved and host an event or create activities for the summer.

Visit the Festival website to discover what' happening in your local area https://festival.archaeologyuk.org/ or download the 2019 Festival of Archaeology booklet to get an idea of some of the events happening across the UK. 

CBA Festival of Archaeology 2019 booklet (3.0M, .PDF)
CBA Festival of Archaeology 2019 booklet

Festival events

In 2017 over 1,000 events were put on by 318 organisers across the UK and we want to build on this success for 2019.

Find out more about organising Festival of Archaeology events by downloading our Events Ideas below.

If you're hosting an archaeology event during the Festival there is still time to add the details to our website. All you need to do is register and follow the simple steps to get details of your event uploaded. We'll accept new events right up until the Festival begins on 13th July. 

Festival of Archaeology 2019 Festival Ideas (431.7K, .PDF)
Festival of Archaeology 2019 Festival Ideas

Hands on fun

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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