Snorri the Viking kicks off Festival of British Archaeology

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Helen with Snorri the viking and friends

Helen Gornall tells us about the upcoming festival and a visit from Snorri the Viking!

Festival of British Archaeology – 17 July until 1 August 2010

The Festival of British Archaeology is here again and the Weston Discovery Centre (WDC) at the World Museum is leading the way with two weeks of fun-filled activities! The Festival is co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) and is designed to showcase the very best of British Archaeology – which of course the WDC uses to showcase the very best of our archaeological collections!

The events are all pulled together by the CBA. Our events have got pride of place on their website next to hundreds of events across the country!

In the first week of the Festival we kick off with a visit from Snorri and friends, our ‘real’ Vikings who will be around to chat to all our visitors about how the Vikings used to live, what they used to eat and what they used to wear (modelled by Snorri himself)!

We continue with spotlight talks throughout the week about conservation, stratigraphy and the ancient Egyptians! As well as our family craft workshops on ancient writing, learning from poo (not real poo!) and Egyptian coffins. Also, as a special for the festival our hominid badge challenge and skeleton excavation and recording will be available with our staff on hand to help!

Our second week continues in much the same vein, with our hominid badge challenge and our skeleton excavation and recording continuing to be available with staff on hand! Our spotlight talks cover conservation and stratigraphy again, as well as talks at the weekend on the Vikings! Our workshops include ancient buildings, Greek pots and Viking craft activities to round off the festival! See the full list of events

The Weston Discovery Centre, from the World Museum is on Twitter. Follow us at @NML_Discovery and find out when our events are and what’s going on!