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Mendip Hills Festival of Archaeology 2011

 6th May 2011

King's Castle WoodThe event, part of the Festival of British Archaeology; the annual heritage extravaganza coordinated nationally by the Council for British Archaeology, will run from Saturday 16 July to Sunday 31 July 2011.

A partnership between Wells & Mendip Museum, Somerset Wildlife Trust and the Mendip Hills AONB, supported by the Mendip Hills AONB Sustainable Development Fund, has meant that the Mendip Hills Festival of Archaeology is running again this year.

King’s Castle & the Hokerstone 

Heritage and a variety of other organisations are lined up to take part including National Trust, Cheddar Caves and Weston-super-Mare Museum. The fortnight will kick off from the Wells & Mendip Museum with ‘Two mysteries of Wells - King’s Castle & the Hokerstone’ a guided archaeological & wildlife walk on Saturday 16 July. Weston-super-Mare Archaeological and Natural History Society are organising an archaeological seminar at the Blakehay theatre, Weston-super-Mare and the Charterhouse and Environs Research Team will be holding guided walks and a display in St Hugh’s Church. There will also be a guided walk around the archaeology of Blackdown with the Mendip Hills AONB Project Officer and caving trips in Burrington Combe with caver and author Chris Binding. 

Local expertise

Each year the national Festival showcases the very best of British archaeology, by presenting hundreds of special events organised and held by museums, local societies, national and countryside parks, universities, and heritage organisations across the UK. The Festival presents everyone the opportunity to learn about their local heritage, to see archaeology in action, and to get involved.

Jane Hill, Project Officer said: ”I’ve been so pleased by the enthusiastic response to the Mendip Hills programme. It’s going to be a really exciting fortnight, packed with events ranging from children’s activities, talks, caving trips, to geophysics and finds identification. There is so much expertise locally and the events will be a good opportunity to find out more about the archaeological heritage on our doorstep.”

Get in touch

There is still time to register your event and interested individuals or groups should contact Jane Hill, Project Officer on 01934 643022 or for further details and a booking form.

A full listing of events will be available nearer the time.

Photograph of King's Castle Wood © Neil Watson