The Past Beneath Your Feet: Archaeology and History in Leicestershire

This was a public event set up and run by the university with a great number of exhibitions run by both local and national organisations. It was a day for the public to come and hear talks, watch historical re- enactments, get involved with hands-on archaeological activities and look at all of the exhibits. There was even a place to bring in your own archaeological finds to have them identified!

I was a volunteer and helped to run some of the hands-on activities designed for the children (but adults love them too!;)). These were the activities we run in schools via Outreach (see my post 2 weeks ago!). This time I was looking after the animal bones. People were allowed to pick them up and have a guess as to what they might belong to. There were also some animal x- rays, some easy (a frog!) and some not as easy (a monkey that looked like a cat and a rabbit that looked like a parrot!). Again by looking at the evidence of animal bones on sites we can identify what meats people were eating, the possible climate and if the animals had any diseases.

It was a really good day enjoyed by all (both the public and the helpers!;)).

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