Archaeology for the family

Iron Ages smelt.
Iron Ages smelt.

THE National Trust’s Ilam Park near Ashbourne is holding a free archaeology day next month.

It will be staged on Sunday, July 10, from 11am to 4pm. Organisers say the whole family will enjoy finding out about archaeology at Ilam and beyond and there will be hands-on activities to keep visitors of all ages entertained.

With a live archaeological dig taking place throughout the day for all to see, and perhaps even join in, this is a chance not to be missed! Expert archaeologists will be using geophysics to detect the layers of history beneath the surface, and visitors will be able to see the results on the day.

Families can have a go at the ancient art of dowsing, see Iron Age smelting, enjoy some medieval cookery and be entertained by a medieval jester.

There will also be the rare opportunity to see flint tools being made – a skilled craft called flint knapping.

Paul Mortimer, Projects Officer for the South Peak Estate, says: “The Ilam archaeology day brings the history of the White Peak to life, and we are really excited this year to be hosting a live archaeological dig. The hands on activities will give a real flavour of what being an archaeologist involves and the entertainment on show will make this a fun day out for all.”

Entry to the event is free. Call 01335 350503 for more information.