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Archaeology exposed

22 December 2008

Some of the latest and most exciting discoveries from the world of archaeology will be revealed to public audiences at the Archaeology Festival 2009.

Jointly hosted by the School of History and Archaeology and the National Museum, Cardiff, the Festival is run by Current Archaeology, the UK's best-selling archaeological magazine, and takes place from the 6-8 February 2009.

Over the course of the three days 50 guest speakers from around the world will give presentations on topics including: 'Archaeology and Identity in Medieval Wales'; 'New Light on Neanderthals'; 'Stonehenge' and 'Romans and Barbarians'. One of the keynote lectures will be given by the writer and TV presenter Betany Hughes.

There will also be the chance for members of the public to visit some of Wales’ finest historical attractions such as the Roman fortress at Caerleon, and the Medieval village at Cosmeston Lakes. Tours will be led by expert guides from the University and the National Museum, Wales who are actively involved in research on these nationally important sites.

Professor Ian Freestone, Head of Archaeology & Conservation at the School said: "I am delighted that Cardiff University is hosting the 2009 Archaeology Festival and we look forward to welcoming people who share our enthusiasm for the past to experience this national celebration of archaeology with us."

The editor of Current Archaeology, Lisa Westcott, added: "It is very clear to all of us that an event in this format definitely fills a gap for people who love archaeology. Following on the success of Archaeology 2008 at the British Museum, we realised that a bigger venue was needed in order to accommodate the public interest. We are extremely pleased to be coming to Cardiff and look forward to an amazing event."

For further information about the Festival, or to buy tickets for the event please visit