THE world’s largest festival of archaeology will offer dozens of hands-on opportunities for people in York and North Yorkshire to get digging this summer.

The festival, which takes place from Saturday to July 27, is coordinated by the York-based Council for British Archaeology, whose director Mike Heyworth said it gave archaeologists the chance to share their knowledge with people of all ages.

“This year, we are running a family friendly conference with the University of York where young people and their families can join some of the UK’s top archaeologists, try out hands-on activities and find out more about studying archaeology at university,” he said.

Activities include a chance to making your own mosaic at Aldborough Roman Site near Boroughbridge, getting to grips with helmets, shields, swords and a whole host of medieval armoury at Cliffords Tower in York and helping help to process finds from the 1066 Battle of Fulford and see archaeology in action at the York Archaeological Trust Training Dig at All Saints in North Street, the finest medieval guild church in York.

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