Caves are unique archaeological sites that can hold exceptional evidence for human behaviour.
What dark secrets were being played out by Palaeolithic people in the caves of Cheddar and Derbyshire? Why were Mesolithic people leaving strange objects and inscribing art deep inside their caves? Did cannibalism really take place in Cheddar?
Excavating caves can be challenging and at times difficult to interpret, but many sites offer an extraordinary insight into the lives of people in the past.
Led by Dr Paula Gardiner, archaeologist specialising in the mesolithic, Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology & Archaeology, University of Bristol and part time-tutor at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.
Archaeological study days
Bristol Museums has run a programme of study days since 2013 and an archaeological field school since 2019. Profits from study days and the field school help support the work of Bristol Museums.
Study Days are based at Bristol Museum, Blaise Museum or M Shed. Each session focuses on a different aspect of archaeology and is led by an expert in their field. Depending on the subject, the day usually involves a mix of illustrated presentations, practical activities, behind the scenes tours and/or a chance to study collections not usually on display.
All sessions are suitable for complete beginners to those who have studied archaeology before but are keen to find out more. They are open to everyone aged 16 and over.
The study day programme and field schools are directed by Kate Iles, curator of archaeology. For more information or to join our mailing list please contact [email protected].