This summer, Guerilla Archaeologists will be out and about at a number of events, aimed at peaking the public’s interest about the past. We are returning to a number of our traditional haunts, as well as heading off to pastures new.
This celebration of the summer solstice in Anglesey at the Neolithic burial chamber of Bryn Celli Ddu is a special place, with the sun shining down the chamber of the tomb. Cadw are running a celebration of the Neolithic at the monument and we are taking our Bog Body Shop along to explore ancient beauty.
We are off to Glastonbury to the Greencraft Village again to work antler, and to think about the role of craft in building communities and how skills are shared (questions emerging from our work at Glastonbury in previous year and our Hart of Ely project).
New for us is Bluedot – a festival that combines music, science, culture and art. Set with the Lovell Telescope, at Jodrell Bank, in the background, we will be appearing in the Planet Field taking our ‘Luntatiks and Sunworshippers‘ activities along to examine the role of the skies, planets and stars in the past.
This year, we are developing a brand new event for Wilderness building on our Music Museum concept. We will be curating a crowd-sourced pop-up Memento Museum at Wilderness. We are celebrating the past in your pocket (bag or tent) by recording the treasure and trinkets that travel with you wherever you go. Our team of Guerilla Archaeologists will be chatting about the evidence we have for portable personal items keeping memories alive in the past and then getting the story and grabbing a snap of your keepsake. Whether a lucky charm, a vintage frock, or your trusty camping mug, our Memento Museum will create a unique glimpse into the network of memories that converge at Wilderness.
We are back at Green Man this year, after our success at Settlers last year (we all really enjoyed our Slingshot School and Competition) this year we are focusing on this part of the event. So sorry, no Einsteins Garden, but we are hosting the Iron Age Olympics! come and join our Olympic training camps on Monday and Tuesday, and enter your crack Celtic team into our Olympic competition on the Wednesday. Expect to learn a few fun prehistoric skills and to compete with other clans for the glory of Iron Age gold.