Peak estate hosts archaeological dig

A Peak District attraction is hosting a free archaeology day.

The National Trust’s Ilam Park will hold the event on Sunday, July 8, from 11am to 4pm.

There will be a live archaeological dig taking place throughout the day for all to see, and perhaps even join in. Expert archaeologists will be using geophysics to detect the layers of history beneath the surface, and visitors will be able to see the results on the day.

Families can have a go at the ancient art of dowsing, and be entertained by a medieval jester.

There will also be the rare opportunity to find out all about flint tools, and children can have a go at cave painting.

Paul Mortimer, projects officer for the estate, said: “The Ilam archaeology day brings the history of the White Peak to life, and we are really excited this year to be hosting a live archaeological dig.

“The hands on activities will give a real flavour of what being an archaeologist involves and the entertainment on show will make this a fun day out for all.”

Entry to the event is free. Please contact 01335 350 503 for more information.