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Archaeology comes alive

06 February 2009

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People from Wales and across the world are gathering in Cardiff to discover and explore the latest archaeological findings in the 2009 Current Archaeology Festival.

Taking place from the 6-9th February 2009, and jointly hosted by Cardiff University and National Museum Cardiff, the Festival will see 50 guest speakers sharing their latest research and finds to an audience of archaeologists, historians, enthusiasts and members of the public.

Dr Peter Guest of the School of History & Archaeology, said; "Archaeology continues to engage and inspire people of all ages and from all walks of life, and it is fantastic that Current Archaeology has decided to host the UK’s biggest and most popular archaeology conference at Cardiff University. We aim to make the Archaeology Festival the most exciting and enjoyable public archaeology conference ever."

The action-packed weekend will include presentations on topics including 'Archaeology and Identity in Medieval Wales'; 'New Light on Neanderthals' and 'Stonehenge'. There will also be excursions to some of Wales’ finest historical attractions such as the Roman Fortress at Caerleon and the Medieval Village at Cosmeston Lakes.

Keynote lectures will be given by the writer and TV presenter Bethany Hughes ('Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore'), Professor Steven Mithen of the University of Reading ('Sounds of the Neanderthals') and Brian Fagan, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara ('The Quest for Sustainability').

The Festival is run by Current Archaeology, the UK's best-selling archaeological magazine. For more information or to book tickets please visit

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