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Dig to Discover – Become an Archaeologist for the day

Dig to Discover – Become an Archaeologist for the day

Archaeologists act very much as investigators or forensic scientists, searching for and studying any remaining clues in the landscape that can help us re-construct humanity’s development through history.
The profession developed from an interest in antiquarianism in the 19th century, through the influence of academically minded travellers like Augustus Pitt Rivers and the 18th Century antiquarian Bryan Fausseett. Pitt Rivers methodical and analytical approach paid attention to the chronology of any finds, heavily influenced by the newly published ‘The Theory of Evolution’ by Charles Darwin.
Pitt Rivers practised and honed his early archaeological techniques locally, making investigative digs into the ancient hill sites around Folkestone e.g. Castle Hill. The skills-building that happened during this early work led on to very ambitious archaeological expeditions to Egypt. Here he made major historic discoveries in the Valley of the Kings that led his professional successors to discover the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in 1921.
Archaeological practice has since developed with the aid of technology, with new sites often being found using aerial photography and scanning techniques. Now much site information can be gleamed even without making a dig.
Look around you and imagine what it was like 100 years ago, 1000 years ago, or even 10000 years ago.

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Land Ahoy – Be a Navigator for the Day

Land Ahoy – Be a Navigator for the Day

On a clear day you can see France from the White Cliffs of Dover, some 21 miles away. The first successful aeroplane flight across the English Channel was done in 1909, but on a cloudy day with limited visibility. Frenchman Louis Bleriot managed the journey without a compass, using sightings of ships below in the sea, to act as pointers to Dover. In 1930 Amy Johnson also flew over the Channel, becoming the first female solo pilot to make a successful flight from London to Australia. She only managed to navigate such a vast and intrepid journey by calling on all her skills of map interpretation, compass reading and shear resourcefulness.
Through the course of the day, see how resourceful you can be in working out which way is north without using a compass.

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The Wonder of Waves

The Wonder of Waves

Exploring the pathways along the tops of the White Cliffs of Dover offer a breath-taking experience, with extensive high level views that overlook the English Channel, and on a good day even across to the French coast. Not only have these walks drawn the interest of tourists over the centuries, but also scientists! Inventors such as Faraday and Marconi have been inspired to use the unique geographic conditions as a test bed location for their ground breaking inventions.

Take a walk along the cliff tops and be inspired… you’re literally walking in the footsteps of some of history’s scientific giants!

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