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Mary-Ann Ochota. Photo by Joe Bass

Summer is coming! And with it, The Salisbury Museum Festival of Archaeology 2019. It is just a little earlier than usual this year, so please make a particular note in your diaries (if you haven’t already!) that it is the weekend of 13 14 July.

There will be the usual mix of serious archaeology and fun activities which makes it such a fantastic event for families as well as history buffs.

An excellent programme of talks is on offer, all at £8, which is terrific value for top class speakers who are at the forefront of archaeology, and several of whom you will know from television.

Saturday 13 July 10.30 – 11.30

Mary-Ann Ochota ‘Hidden Histories: a Spotter’s Guide to the British Landscape’. Mary-Ann has written a book with this title and presented programmes for Channel 4, ITV and Animal Planet as well as being co-presenter for some of the later Time Team series.

Saturday 13 July 12.00 – 13.00

Ella Al-Shamahi ‘Are You a Neaderthal?’. Ella is a paleoanthropologist and archaeologist specializing in Neanderthals—and she is a stand-up comic, so this should be fun! An interesting article in the Times about Ella is well worth reading, and may tempt you to buy tickets for her talk.

Saturday 13 July 13.30 – 14.30

Richard Osgood ‘A Gothic Tale: Spears and Javelins at Barrow Clump’ Richard will be talking about the huge Anglo-Saxon cemetery out on Salisbury Plain. As many of us know, his talks are not just fascinating, but moving too, as he describes excavations which include working with Veterans who are rebuilding their lives after military action and sometimes devastating wounds. Not surprisingly, Richard is currently Archaeologist of the Year after a nationwide poll. You can read more about him here.

Saturday 13 July 15.00 – 16.00

Helen Wass ‘People Time Place: Historic Environment on HS2’. HS2 may be controversial but at least the archaeology is being done! The BBC2 television series on this will be out towards the end of the year. You can say you heard all about it here……

More next week when we will have details of the programme for Sunday. If you can’t wait, you can go to our website now…and BOOK!