Digital Archaeology Festival

27 Jul 2020 - 01 Sep 2020

Digital Archaeology Festival 27 Jul 2020 - 01 Aug 2020

Our 8th annual Archaeology Festival is still alive, but it will now be online only in response to the current pandemic. It is part of the Council of British Archaeology's Festival of Archaeology.

Please bookmark this page as we will be adding further content, talks and websites over the coming weeks. When the events go live, you will be able to click on the links.

We are close to finalising the line-up, which we think will be:

27th July - Is it ethical? - Kevin Manvell will give a thought provoking 20 minute lecture discussing Pre-Christian votive objects and the ethical issues regarding how they are displayed in museums. 

28th July - Archaeology Day - We are creating a film tour of our archaeology gallery plus a look at some interesting Egyptian artefacts to be released at Noon. The enjoyment will be real even if the visit is virtual. At 2pm there will be a second film taking a tour of the archaeological gallery.

29th July - The Castle: Castle Oddities - At Noon we will release a 20 minute film about some of the more obscure and overlooked parts of Lincoln Castle (with a peak into places you can't normally see). Plus, for the first time in two hundred years, see how a lion used to guard the gate! At 2pm there will be a second film about finds from the Bath House.

• 30th July - Artefacts of World War One - At 1pm we hope to be doing a Facebook Live event on the Museum of Lincolnshire Life's Facebook page about World War One artefacts that tell the story of that terrible conflict.

31st July - Archaeological Store tour - A video showing what happens behind the scenes, exploring the depths of our stores.

1st August - Posterngate tour - a twelve minute filmed guided tour of the Roman Posterngate that is hidden beneath the streets of Lincoln.

We can't wait for you to join with us online to help celebrate everything archaeological as part of our annual festival.

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Here is a link to a short film about the festival: promotional film


Activities for families

As part of the festival, we will be producing lots of fun activites and meterials for you to download here.

Exploring the past - links for a digital adventure

To help get you started we have pulled together a list of some amazing sites that will help you to find out more information about the history of your local area or any other archaeological mystery you are keen to explore.

Lincolnshire Historic Environment Record - a digital, map-based database of all of the known archaeological and historic sites and monuments in the county.


Lincs to the Past - a website that focuses on providing access to several Lincolnshire heritage collections.


Heritage Gateway - a website that brings together records related to the historic environment from across England.


Ice Age Journeys – a series of films about Ice Age life from Ice Age Journeys, a project started by FARI, a community archaeology group based at Farndon Fields near Newark. FARI are regulars to our Archaeology Festivals giving great interactive talks on prehistory.


Banks Newton Heritage – a series of films about local community heritage projects.


Dig and Discover – aimed at kids and parents, this website was developed by Network Archaeology for Lincolnshire County Council as part of the Eastern Bypass Project and contains some fun activities for younger archaeologists.


National Library of Scotland - if you are interested in exploring old maps, or using them to conduct research, this a fantastic resource.


The Historic Environment Skills project - This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery and supports two archaeology trainees to complete an NVQ Level 3 in 2019. Watch this short video to listen to their impressions of on-the-job training at live excavations with Archaeological Project Services and what it's like starting a new career in archaeology as a young person. 


Lincolnshire County Council's YouTube page – This host some interesting videos, including one about the archaeology of the Eastern Bypass and what you should do if you find some interesting artefacts (okay, if you insist: treasure!) washed up on the Lincolnshire seashore.


City of Lincoln HER – The City of Lincoln Council runs their own HER, which contains the records for monument and event that are found within the city of Lincoln.


National Heritage List for England – register of all nationally protected historic buildings and sites (listed buildings, scheduled monuments, protected wrecks, registered parks and gardens, and battlefields).


Archaeology Data Service Library search – online repository for archaeological journals and grey literature reports related to excavations and surveys of historic sites and monuments.


Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photography – online database of almost 500,000 images from across the UK, most of which date to the 1950s.


Britain from Above – online database of 1.26 million images, taken by Aerofilms Ltd. between 1919 – 2006.


Portable Antiquities Scheme – project run by the British Museum and the National Museum Wales to encourage the recording of archaeological objects that have been found by members of the public.


The British Newspaper Archive – millions of pages of historical newspapers, which have been scanned and made available online.