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The Big Dig - Museum of London Docklands


LONDON’S long and turbulent past is right under your feet and from July 11 to September 6, 2009, the Museum of London Docklands will be showing you how to dig it up as it celebrates a whole summer of archaeology!

So, if you’re a family of wannabe Indiana Joneses then there are archaeological adventures to be had in the museum’s specially designed hands-on experience for children.

Get kitted up with trowel and hard hat and search for artefacts in your very own trench just like a real archaeologist. The experts will show you how to observe, record, analyse, identify and interpret your finds which will form vital pieces of a bigger puzzle. Then, when you’ve stowed your discoveries safely away for sorting, you’ll down tools to help put together the evidence of the world of early Londoners.

Along the way you’ll learn what archaeology tells us about the lives of Londoners, where finds go once they’ve been uncovered and how we know how old objects are, plus you’ll receive a certificate to take home as proof of your new found archaeological skills and knowledge!

NB: As this is a family experience, adults can only enter The Big Dig when accompanied by a child. Under 4s enter free. However this activity is aimed at children aged 4 and upwards. Children must be supervised by their carers at all times.

Tickets for The Big Dig include same day free admission to the Museum, which means you can also make a splash in Mudlarks, the interactive children’s gallery which brings the history of London’s docks to life. Or you can head upstairs to see displays of real finds unearthed in London, from Roman jars to World War II bombs!

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