THE FIRST Lincolnshire Wolds Festival of Archaeology is set to take place this July, thanks to community heritage project Down Your Wold.
The series of free events will take place across the Lincolnshire Wolds from July 12 to 27 as part of the National Festival of Archaeology.
The Festival with kick off with a launch event at National Trust property Gunby Hall and Gardens on Saturday July 12 from 11am. The County’s Finds Officer will be on hand to help identify any interesting objects people have found in the Lincolnshire Wolds countryside. Visitors can enjoy free entry into the gardens and tours of the house on a first come, first served basis. Archaeology walks will take place at 12noon and 2pm to explore Gunby’s deserted medieval village site.
Throughout the Festival people can also discover how to identify deserted medieval villages through lumps and bumps in fields, explore the industrial archaeology of the Nettleton iron mines, hear about the origins of the Lincolnshire Wolds, experience a community excavation in Caistor, learn how to record and research a church and see behind the scenes at the Collection on a very special visit.
Throughout the month of July the Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre will be holding a Lincolnshire Wolds Heritage and Archaeology exhibition in their gallery space. The Centre is also hosting a networking day on Saturday July 26 from 11am to 4pm. This event is open to all and will be an ideal opportunity for local community heritage groups to meet and share ideas.
Sam Phillips, Down Your Wold project officer, explains: “The Lincolnshire Wolds is a very special place, steeped in history and interesting archaeology, one of the reasons it was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The countryside is home to all sorts of clues about the lives of past settlements and I hope the festival helps bring to life and celebrate the history that is hidden beneath the landscape we see today.”
For more information about the Lincolnshire Wolds Festival of Archaeology please visit http://www.down-your-wold.co.uk or call 01507 609740.