A Stone Age cult site in Bidford and evidence of Africans in medieval Britain are just two of the topics to unearth at the Festival of Archaeology - The Solihull Observer

A Stone Age cult site in Bidford and evidence of Africans in medieval Britain are just two of the topics to unearth at the Festival of Archaeology

Solihull Editorial 8th Jul, 2017   0

A STONE Age cult site in Bidford and evidence of Africans in medieval Britain are just two of the topics to unearth at the Festival of Archaeology.

Throughout July, the Market Hall Museum in Warwick will host a number of talks about archaeological adventures and discoveries – some of which will be shared with the public for the very first time.

The festival kicks off on July 19 with a free lunchtime talk on the ancient craft of metalworking, exploring the creative skills of the bronze-smith in prehistoric Warwickshire.

On July 20 at 6.30pm, Archaeology Warwickshire will present findings from the team’s excavations in Bidford, where they uncovered a 4,000 year old henge complex.




Explorations go further afield at 6.30pm on July 24, when senior archaelogist Dr Cathy Coutts will be talking about discoveries made at St John’s Hospital in Lichfield. It is here that evidence of at least two black people of African descent was uncovered in the medieval cemetery.

The final event comes from Nigel Page at 6.30pm on July 27. Nigel will talk about Ridgeway Farm in Hillmorton, where excavations have revealed a complex landscape of Bronze Age pit-alignment boundaries, Iron Age settlement and Roman enclosures.


Tickets for all evening events cost £5. Visit warwickshire.gov.uk/heritageboxoffice to book online or call the box office on 01926 738959.

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