Current Archaeology’s August Listings: exhibitions, events, and heritage from home

There are many great ways to get involved with archaeology and heritage this summer, including new exhibitions, events, activities, and more. Or, if you would prefer to get your history fix at home, there is a wide variety of resources available online, from new apps and digital exhibitions to virtual heritage site tours, podcasts, games, and more. Amy Brunskill has put together a selection of some of the options available.


Hyde900, Hyde, Winchester, 26-29 August

Hyde900 will once again be putting on their annual community dig on the site of Hyde Abbey, the last known resting place of Alfred the Great. Previous excavations have uncovered the remains of the church and cloisters; this year the team hope to uncover more of the abbey buildings, as well as a continuation of the 12th-century culvert found last year. The dig is open to anyone aged 5 and upwards who can take part in a two-hour session (but please note that children need to be accompanied by a responsible adult). Book early to avoid disappointment. 

Image: Hyde900


The Science of Early Farming in Europe, Bournemouth University, 31 October  

The Seventh Annual Pitt Rivers Lecture is to be given by Amy Bogaard (University of Oxford), who will discuss whether archaeology can reveal the ‘science’ of early farming from the perspective of its practitioners; whether prehistoric understandings of agriculture can inform our view of wider landscapes and monuments; and what principles we can glean from the long-term story of farming across Europe’s varied environments. This free public lecture will be held as a hybrid event: a live presentation at Bournemouth University that will also be available via Zoom. Please register online. 


Beneath Our Feet:  archaeology of the Cambridge region, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge, Until 14 April 2024

This new exhibition explores what local archaeological discoveries can tell us about the lives of those who walked  the landscape centuries before us. Material on display includes Neolithic axes, Bronze Age textile fibres, medieval grave goods, and more. The exhibition also features recent scientific research, including isotope analysis of the bones and teeth of  a 7th-century teenaged girl who was found buried with the gold-and-garnet Trumpington Cross (see p.10). Entry is free. 


Celebration of the Centuries, Fort George, Inverness, 12-13 August 

Fort George is once again set to host ‘Celebration of the Centuries’, Historic Environment Scotland’s largest re-enactment event. Over the weekend, re-enactors will bring the fortress to life with a living timeline depicting more than 2,000 years of Scottish history. Attractions include living history camps portraying Picts and Romans, a 1940s zone featuring a big band to dance to, stunt riders from the TV series Outlander, and much more. Tickets cost £12 for adults, with concession prices and family tickets available. Book online now. 

Mudlarking into the Future, Museum of London Docklands, 30 September whats-on/mudlarking-future?id=333608 

Over the past four decades, members of the Society of Thames Mudlarks have discovered and recovered thousands  of historically significant artefacts that were buried in the black mud of the River Thames. This panel discussion, featuring members of the society as well as other experts and enthusiasts, will explore the role of mudlarks in uncovering London’s long-forgotten history, and consider their potential impact today and in the future. Tickets cost £10 for adults, with concession prices available, and should be booked in advance. 


Museum With No Frontiers, 

Discover artefacts and artworks from museums, sites, and monuments around the world through exhibitions in the MWNF’s Virtual Museum, as well as digital galleries, collections, and other resources. 

The Frick Pittsburgh, USA,

Enjoy a variety of online resources from the Frick Pittsburgh,  from curator talks about topics related to the collections to  virtual exhibitions, tours of the galleries, access to the digital collection, and more. 

Virtual Angkor, Cambodia,

See Angkor Wat as it may have looked at its height in the 13th century, and find out more about the Cambodian city with immersive virtual-reality elements, 360° videos, and other resources from the Virtual Angkor project. 

Image: Wikimedia Commons, Jakub Hatun

Tomb of Djehuty, Egypt,

Explore the tomb of Djehuty, an official under Thutmose III in ancient Egypt’s 18th Dynasty, with this Google Arts & Culture page, which explores the tomb’s paintings, layout, and restoration. 


Museum of Stone Tools,

Discover 3D models of stone tools from different cultures, places, and time periods, and find out more about their manufacture with this resource created by the University of New England, Australia.  


Take advantage of a wealth of online articles, news stories, and resources about the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, available on Antigone, an open online forum seeking to make Classics accessible to all. 

Women in Archaeology,

Listen to stories and discussions about women’s contributions to archaeology with this podcast about, for, and by women in the field, with episodes featuring a wide range of topics and guests. 

Museum of the Home TikTok,

Find out more about the lives of people in the past with short videos from the Museum of the Home in London, going behind the scenes with curators and conservators, and exploring highlights from the museum’s collections.

Image: Wikimedia Commons, Cmglee


The Vikings,

Discover the story of the Viking invasion of England with this new three-part series presented by Raksha Dave and Xand van Tulleken, which explores the historic conquest in detail, from preparation to final showdown.

The Great British Dig, history-in-your-garden

The Great British Dig returns for a fourth season of excavating back gardens around Britain, this time exploring the site of a medieval knight’s castle, a lost Georgian mansion, a newly discovered Roman fort, and more.

Jay Blades’ East End Through Time,

Explore the history of London’s East End, from the site of Shakespeare’s theatre to Victorian engineering beneath the Thames and the impact of the Blitz.

Return of the Cat Mummy,

Try your hand at this new game from Google Arts & Culture, in which players return to life as a cat mummy to gather the pharaoh’s missing treasures and help him make his journey to the afterlife.

Secrets of Stonehenge, prehistoric-england/secrets-of-stonehenge

Enthuse children about one of the world’s most famous ancient sites with these Stonehenge-related resources, quizzes, and ideas for at-home activities from English Heritage.