Hinkley Archaeology at Two Somerset Conferences

The Hinkley outreach team were busy at two heritage conferences held in Somerset on Saturday 29th March 2014.

Somerset Archaeological & Natural History Society held their annual symposium in Bridgwater this year. We had a lunchtime pop up display to reveal some of the finds from the Hinkley Point excavations.  We also showed off the replica Bronze Age beakers made by Bill Crumbleholme and the replica flint dagger made by Antony Whitlock.  Always good to have some objects for people to handle!   

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Left to right: Barry Lane, Curator of Wells & Mendip Museum, Bob Croft, Somerset County Archaeologist, Rachel Bellamy, Learning Officer – Hinkley Point Archaeology Outreach Project, Chris Webster, Senior Historic Environment Officer.

Further photographs of the day can be seen by following the link here 

http://www.sanhs.org/gallery/2014_SANHS_Archaeology_Symposium/

The second conference of the day was held at Strode College, Street and was organised by Andy Pickering, course leader of the History, Heritage & Archaeology Fd degree.  My talk was an ideal opportunity to speak about the outreach project with photographs of storytime in libraries, finds sorting on an excavation open day and test pitting in a school playing field.  The other speakers covered a range of heritage projects including ‘History on Television; the Making of the Victorian Edwardian and Wartime Farm series’, to ‘Violence in the Middle Ages’.  Plymouth University have just approved the full BA (Hons) programme starting at Strode College in September.  Well done to Andy and his team!

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