Following a highly successful excavation in 2012, archaeologists will be returning to Fishbourne Roman Palace to dig another trench this summer. Visitors will be invited to don a hardhat, grab a trowel and have a go at archaeology. The event is part of this year’s Festival of British Archaeology and, as well as digging, visitors will have the opportunity to try their hand at geophysics, surveying and recording finds as well as the chance to meet experts in human bone analysis, conservation and the study of archaeological animal remains. They will also be able to look around our artefact stores and meet the curator. It will be a chance to experience the excitement of discovering real Roman artefacts as well as learning how they are examined and cared for.
Curator at the Palace, Dr Robert Symmons said, “Last year the excavation was small scale but it sparked the interest of many of our visitors. This year we are being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and assisted by English Heritage so we are looking forward to a much bigger, better and even more exciting event”.
Jaane Rowehl, the Palace’s Director said, “Every archaeologist can remember the first ancient object that they ever found. We hope that by giving visitors the chance to discover hidden artefacts themselves, we might encourage the next generation of archaeologists”.
The event will take place between the 23rd July and the 2nd August, between 11am and 4pm every day and is free to join in. Experts will be on hand so no experience is necessary if you want to get involved.
Fishbourne Roman Palace dates back to the beginning of Roman occupation in Britain and offers visitors of all ages a unique chance to look back in time. Discovered in 1960, the north wing of this remarkable building remains an important visitor attraction and archaeological site for anyone interested in learning more about Roman art and architecture.
Join Sussex Past or the Friends of Fishbourne Roman Palace to receive free admission to the site and all special events. For more information, please see website for details. The palace is accessible with ramps. Assistance dogs welcome.
Published 22nd July 2013
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