Celebrity TV archaeologist Julian Richards comes to Creswell Crags

Pictured is TV celebrity Julian Richards who is visiting Creswell Crags.
Pictured is TV celebrity Julian Richards who is visiting Creswell Crags.

JULIAN Richards, one of Britain’s leading lights in archaeology, is looking forward to his return to Creswell as part of the Limestone Journeys events celebrating the Festival of British Archaeology.

His talk What’s Under Your Feet? will take place on Saturday July 28.

He said: “I lived near the area when I was younger, and I when I came back a few years ago it reminded me what a special place it is. A lot of interesting discoveries have been made at Creswell Crags since then, so it will be good to see what has changed.”

Julian will be talking about his current work with 43 schools around the country on his What’s Under Your School? project.

“Our aim is to encourage children to look at their surroundings, which often have a lot of history but go unnoticed. There are clues everywhere about the past. We have worked with over 1,000 children so far, so hopefully some of them will take an interest in archaeology when they grow up.”

Julian will also bring his expertise to an archaeological dig at the Elm Tree Inn, Elmton, on the same day.

He said: “One of the exciting things about archaeology is you never know what you will find when you dig, so I’m approaching the dig with an open mind.”

Julian’s talk will take place on Saturday, July 28, from 2:30pm – 4pm, at Creswell Crags. The dig will take place on Saturday at the Elm Tree Inn, Elmton, from 12pm – 4pm. There will be a BBQ of the Elm Tree’s award winning food afterwards.

There will also be a history and archaeology exhibition in St. Peter’s Church held by the local history group. The dig and exhibition continue on Sunday 29th July from 12pm - 4pm.

Also during this weekend of events celebrating the Festival of British Archaeology, join Limestone Journeys for two wonderful walks in the local landscape.

Three Vales Walks is a rare opportunity to explore the archaeology of three limestone vales led by Ian Wall, the Director of Creswell Crags. This stunning walk at 11am, on July 27, starts at Creswell Crags and takes in Markland Grips and Burnhill Grips.

Ancient Settings and New Discoveries is also a guided walk around the picturesque village of Elmton starts at 1.30pm from the Elm Tree Inn.

All events are free and food will be on sale at the BBQ, but booking is essential for the walks and Julian Richards’ talk. Please call (01909) 720378.