Monday, 18 July 2011

Dig Around in Ancient Norfolk this Summer

To celebrate Norfolk’s exciting early history, BBC Learning and Norfolk Tourism are co-ordinating special events and activities from mid July to October as part of BBC Hands on History, tying in with BBC’s Digging for Britain and Ancient Britain series.

Enjoy hands on archaeology at Caistor Roman Town near Norwich, Sedgeford near King’s Lynn and at events around the county. Explore the land of the Iceni (Eceni) and Boudica whose rebellion in 61AD rocked the Roman occupation. Walk in the footsteps of Roman soldiers on the Peddars Way and wonder at the craftsmanship of The Snettisham Treasure at Norwich Castle. Or head to The Forum in Norwich on Sunday, September 4 for Dig! Archaeology in Action, a free event from 10am to 4pm with lots of fun family activities.

For full details of events and places to visit, pick up a Dig Around in Ancient Norfolk leaflet at TICs and libraries in Norfolk or download a copy from www.visitnorfolk.co.uk/dig.

Madeleine Forrester, Regional Manager, BBC Learning said: “Our partners across Norfolk have developed a fantastic range of special events to allow residents and visitors to dig around in ancient Norfolk. There is a great programme of hands-on archaeology, guided walks and even the chance to live for a weekend in the Iron Age. Do join us at The Forum in Norwich on September 4 for Dig! Archaeology in Action.”

Lydia Smith Director, Norfolk Tourism said: “Norfolk has a fascinating early history, which is revealed in the collections of our museums across the county, notably the amazing Seahenge Bronze Age timber circle at Lynn Museum. This is also the land of Boudica and the Iceni (Eceni) and the Roman Forts of the Saxon Shore. Burgh Castle near Great Yarmouth is one of the best-preserved Roman sites in the UK and the Peddars Way follows the route of a Roman road built to control the Eceni after Boudica’s revolt.”

For more information about Hands on History see www.bbc.co.uk/history/handsonhistory.