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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Archaeological lectures will dig into York's rich heritage

York's rich archaeological past comes to the surface with a new series of lectures.

The Digging up the Past series, hosted by the University of York, will explain how information is gained from the wealth of archaeological finds in the city. It will also explain how archaeology can be used in unusual ways to engage marginalised groups and help us understand contemporary culture.

The series begins with a lecture by city archaeologist John Oxley this Thursday (25 October), who will examine the range of features, deposits, artefacts and ecofacts that have been found and recorded in a wide range of databases. He will also look at the research potential of this resource.

On 1 November, Rachael Kiddey, from the university’s archaeology department, will give an overview of two projects that brought together homeless people, archaeologists and students in Bristol and York.

Examining how the process of 'doing archaeology' aided a better understanding of a contemporary culture, the lecture will also investigate the potential therapeutic benefits of working collaboratively with people who are marginalised from mainstream life.

During his lecture on 8 November, Peter Connolly, from the York Archaeological Trust, will outline the organisation’s recent excavations in the city.

The series will end with a lecture by Dr Cath Neal from the university's archaeology department on 22 November. Dr Neal will provide an insight into the discoveries made during a pre-construction investigation on the site of the university’s campus expansion at Heslington East.
Dr Penny Spikins, from the university’s archaeology department, who organised the series of lectures, said: “I'm really looking forward to hearing more about some of the latest research into our wonderfully rich archaeological heritage here in York.”

All the lectures in the Digging up the Past series will be held at the Ron Cooke Hub, Heslington East campus, at 6.30pm. For further information visit

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