Benefits of archaeology to communities unearthed at events on campus and Bradgate Park

The importance of archaeology and how it can benefit society and communities will be explored at a number of events hosted by the University.

Academics and students will be attending the annual Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) conference at the University, running from Wednesday 20 – Friday 22 April.

With over 350 delegates attending, the conference puts the spotlight on the role of archaeology in different contexts within society – from its role in the teaching curriculum to how it can be used in sustainable development projects.

At the event Dr Sarah Scott of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History will deliver a talk discussing the School’s Archaeology and Classics in the Community project as part of a session entitled ‘Archaeology in schools: promoting archaeology as a key learning tool within the national curricula’.

In addition Dr Richard Thomas, Acting Head of the School, will lead a tour of Bradgate Park, the location of the School’s research and training excavations.

With the support of Peter Tyldesley, Director of the Bradgate Park Trust, the fieldtrip will focus on the upland landscape of the park and how wider management of the park and excavations can fit into long term planning. More information about the Bradgate Park Fieldschool (2015-2019) project is available here.

The conference will be run with the assistance of students over the three days.

The CIfA is the leading professional body representing UK-based and overseas archaeologists and aims to promote professionalism and superlative practice for those who study or take care of the historic environment.

Further information about the conference can be found by visiting the website here.

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