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Festival of Archaeology 2013

12 July 2013 by Liz

museum display of archaeological finds

Rainford’s Roots display

The Festival of Archaeology begins tomorrow some great free events for budding archaeologists of all ages. Come along to the Museum of Liverpool and World Museum to explore our archaeology collections with us during the Festival, 13 to 28 July 2013.

At Museum of Liverpool there are two special displays of recent finds: one from the internationally-important Mesolithic site at Lunt Meadows, Sefton; one from the community archaeology excavation at Rainford, St Helens.

Lunt Meadows has revealed evidence for the houses of people living in the area around 5,800BC – these people were hunter-gatherers and this is rare evidence for their settling in houses, rather than travelling round the landscape and setting up more temporary camps. Finds include flint tools blades and stone net sinkers – suggesting a varied diet of meat and fish along with the collection of berries and roots.

museum display of archaeological finds

Lunt Meadows display

The potting and clay-pipe cottage industries of the Rainford village are being investigated through the Rainford’s Roots project. On display as part of the Festival of Archaeology will be just a few of the near-complete post-medieval cups, bowls and other pots discovered so far. Find out more about the project and how to get involved on the Rainford’s Roots website.

A range of tours, talks, events, and hand-on activities are planned to celebrate the Festival of Archaeology: take a tour of the Museum of Liverpool timeline in the History Detectives gallery, try your hand at digging like an archaeologist at World Museum or the Museum of Liverpool, or try your hand at some archaeology arts and crafts at the Museum of Liverpool. Full details are on the Festival of Archaeology events page on the website.

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