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Staying alive in the Stone Age is the theme of a family friendly Festival of Archaeology beginning at Cheddar Caves and Gorge this weekend.  The gorge and its caves was one of the key sites which enabled prehistoric man to survive Ice Ages, famines, warfare and dangerous predators for 40,000 years…

The Cheddar Caves Festival of Archaeology is part of the national Festival of British Archaeology. But, unlike the national festival, it continues until Friday August 26,  from 10am to 4pm, every day.

Also in conjunction with the national festival, will be a range of events taking place at different venues across the Mendip Hills.

The Mendip Hills Festival of Archaeology is being launched on Saturday by Jodie Lewis, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Worcester and editor of the forthcoming book The Archaeology of Mendip 500,000 Years of Continuity and Change.

The launch takes place at Wells Museum with balloons released from the Cathedral Green. During the afternoon there will be two guided walks across Priddy Nine Barrows… Actually, that bit may not be true as we were talking to them yesterday and it seems last year’s programme got put up this year!! Best to ring them first if you are going!

 Numbers are limited, call 01749 673477 skype to book.

 Read the full article at

Update: More information on the guided walks can be found here;



July 2011

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