AboutMyArea announces yesterday that on Saturday, 10 November there will be –
 
…an action packed day of activities and talks on a wide range of subjects, from recent research at Stonehenge to the 20 year history of the Milton Keynes Archaeology Unit.
 
 
The Milton Keynes Hoard © The Trustees of The British Museum
 
Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire, England) is famous for the 1150-800bce hoard, found in September 2000, which comprises, “…two gold torcs, three bracelets and a tiny fragment of bronze rod or wire found within an undecorated pottery bowl. It was found by two metal-detectorists, whose diligence in reporting the find to local archaeologists ensured that the information on the context of the find is very good. As a result we have the first certain association between a gold hoard and pottery for the British Middle to Late Bronze Age…” (source The British Museum).
 
New this year is a hands-on archaeology workshop hosted by experts from Albion Archaeology. This free activity for ages 8 and up will give a practical insight into the varied methods and skills used by modern archaeologists including use of microscopes and photography. No need to book, just turn up and join in from 11:30am.
 
There will also be displays throughout the library on the borough’s rich heritage plus stands from active local organisations such as the City Discovery Centre and Northamptonshire’s Community Landscape and Archaeology Survey Project and the Upper Nene Archaeological Society.
 
At 11am local archaeologist and excavator of Bancroft Roman villa Bob Zeepvat will present a talk reflecting on the illustrious 20 year history of Milton Keynes own archaeological unit.
 
At 2pm we welcome a special guest and nationally respected archaeologist Prof. Tim Darvill of Bournemouth University. Joint leader of the first team to excavate within Stonehenge for over 50 years, Tim will be presenting his ground-breaking research on the origin and meaning of this world renowned site under the enigmatic title: ‘Merlin’s Magic Circles: Stonehenge and the Use of the Preseli Bluestones’.
 
Details here.