Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Lincoln launches Digital Archaeology festival

Suits of armour, World War One art and a Skull and Crossbones pipe cast are all part of Lincoln’s first online archaeology festival.

Run by Lincolnshire County Council’s Investigate learning team, visitors to the Collection Museum’s website and Facebook pages will be wowed by some of the amazing archaeology found in the county and beyond.

From 27 July until 1 August, the learning team and curators will take you behind the scenes at the Lincoln Castle, the Collection Museum and the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

At Lincoln Castle, viewers will be treated to scenes which very few have seen before, including an 800 year old carved hunting scene in the cellar of one of the towers, a carved lion which once stood in the gateway of the Castle, and explore a hidden gateway over 900 years old.

Viewers will also see some of the finds from the Bath House in the Castle, including pottery and pipes, as well as some treasures from the Council’s stores, including a suit of armour and a golden Thor’s Hammer necklace.

Viewers will also be in the home of one the team’s resident historians for a Facebook Live, looking at a number of WW1 artefacts, including postcards, a diary from the Battle of the Somme, awe-dropping trench art and some WW1 medals.

The festival will also include a sneak preview of the team’s tours of the Roman Posterngate, which is hidden beneath the streets of Lincoln.

The festival will also include a thought-provoking lecture on the display of pre-Christian religious objects.

Dr Erik Grigg, learning officer at Lincoln Castle, said: “This is set to be such a special festival, and being online has given us the opportunity to reveal hidden objects and spaces at our heritage sites.

“People will be able to explore all the amazing artefacts we have here from the comfort of their own home.

“There are so many brilliant things to see, and I hope this encourages people to, when they are able, to visit our heritage attractions to find out more.”

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