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Back to The Future at Green Man Festival 2011

Are you off to the Green Man Festival this weekend?  If so, between stunning sets by the likes of Fleet Foxes and The Antlers, you should visit the amazing Cardiff University Archaeology stand in Einstein’s Garden! This stall, named Back to The Future, will:

…focus on three main interactive themes: Future Animals, an art-based workshop examining our relationship with animals in the past and asking participants to design animals for the future; Fur Trade or Who Am I Wearing?, which asks people to guess which animals we use for clothes and to think about both production techniques and the sustainability of past, present and future fabrics; and Festival Archaeology – exploring what archaeology can be found at the festival, both traditional and non-traditional and how we use science to understand this….

Working with artist Paul Evans, the students and staff will encourage participants to use their imagination to travel back in time to discover past animals, drowned worlds and ancient fashion. They will be able to handle archaeological artefacts, learn about the archaeology of the Green Man festival site and Wales, and peg significant events onto the ‘washing line of time’ – as well as creating future fashion, accessories and models. Finally, festival-going public will be asked to create and design what future animals will look like, with the help of the artist.

Back to the Future will be open between 10am and 8pm over the duration of the Festival. The event is supported by Cardiff University, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and National Museum of Wales.

(Source: Cardiff University News)

There will also be some Cosmeston Pottery to handle and a host of experts (including Day of Archaeology’s Matt Law and Dr Jacqui Mulville) to answer all your archaeology and heritage questions.

If you can’t make the festival, then don’t worry, you can follow Back to the Future’s progress on Twitter here.

+Matt Nicholas

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About Matt Nicholas

Hello, my name is Matt Nicholas and I'm an archaeologist. I recently finished a PhD at Cardiff University on the analysis of early Anglo-Saxon non-ferrous metals excavated from a group of cemeteries in Suffolk. I grew up in a town called Worksop in North Nottinghamshire. With sites like Creswell Crags and Roche Abbey on my doorstep becoming an archaeologist was an occupational hazard of childhood. I was lucky enough to get my first job excavating an Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Whitby Abbey before studying for a BSc in Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford (2000-4). After my undergraduate studies I worked in commercial archaeology for a few years (in locations from Suffolk to Sudan) before studying for an MSc in the Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Material at UCL (2007-8). I then proceeded to spend two years employed at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford (where I didn't stab myself with a poisoned arrow and only broke one object). I don’t like pickled beetroot. All posts, comments etc. represent my own personal musings, and are not representative of any past or current professional affiliations.

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