A display of material from the buildings department Lending a hand in the burials department Visitors learning about environmental evidence

17th August 2012:

On 28th July, Oxford Archaeology opened the doors of its Oxford office to the public for the Festival of Archaeology, a national celebration of archaeology run annually by the Council for British Archaeology.

The event was a huge success, attracting about 60 visitors, including families and members of local archaeological groups. There was much to see and do. Outside there was a stall displaying building materials and objects of various periods, and trays of finds ready for washing, and children could take part in a mini dig. Inside the office, visitors were able to see some of the many artefacts found in recent years, including pottery, metalwork and skeletons, or read information about what we do and some of the sites we’ve investigated. There were also fun activities, with an archaeological twist, for the kids to take part in.

Many thanks to all staff who contributed their time to the event. Our hard-working field staff prepared several posters, and the Environmental Department organised some fabulous interactive material. Special thanks must go to Vix Hughes and Emily Plunkett, who rallied support and oversaw the whole event. Well done to everyone!