July 16, 2020 5.24 pm

Lincoln’s first digital archaeology festival arrives this summer

Virtual tours of Lincoln’s hidden gems

Get ready for lost lions, hidden gateways, Egyptian artefacts and the bling of Dark Age warriors at Lincoln’s first online archaeology festival.

Lincolnshire County Council’s Investigate Learning Team will host the free event from July 27 until August 1.

Over the six days, the learning team and curators will take visitors behind the scenes at Lincoln Castle, the Collection Museum and the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

Visitors to the Collection Museum’s website will be able to see some of the archaeology found in the county and beyond – see the schedule here.

People will be treated to behind the scenes videos, including an 800-year-old carved hunting scene in the cellar of one of the towers of Lincoln Castle and a reconstruction of a carved lion which once stood in the gateway of the iconic building.

Films also include finds from the Bath House in the Castle, Egyptian artefacts hidden away in The Collection Museum, and treasures from the council’s stores including a suit of armour and a golden Thor’s Hammer necklace.

Viewers will also be in the home of one of the team’s resident historians for a Facebook live session, including a look at a number of WWI artefacts.

The festival will also include a lecture on the display of pre-Christian religious objects and a sneak preview of the team’s tours of the Roman Posterngate.

Dr Erik Grigg, learning officer at Lincoln Castle, said: “This is set to be such a special festival, and being online has given us the opportunity to reveal hidden objects and spaces at our heritage sites.

“People will be able to explore all the amazing artefacts we have here from the comfort of their own home. There are so many brilliant things to see, and I hope this encourages people to, when they are able, to visit our heritage attractions to find out more.”

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