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If you dig the past don't miss this.

ANCIENT artefacts will go on public display at this year's Archaeology Festival.

The three-day event, which is jointly hosted by Cardiff University's School of History and Archaeology and the city's National Museum, will feature lectures by 50 guest speakers and see sites, such as the Roman fortress in Caerleon and the medieval Vale of Glamorgan village at Cosmeston Lakes, opened for visitors.

The festival will take place from February 6 to 8.

Professor Ian Freestone, head of archaeology and conservation at the university, said: "We are looking forward to welcoming people who share our enthusiasm."

Confirmed speakers include:

Bettany Hughes, historian and broadcaster;

Brian Fagan, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, from the University of California, Santa Barbara;

Steven Mithen, Professor of Early Prehistory at the University of Reading.

Sessions will include topics such as Romans and Barbarians, and the archaeology of Wales.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 2, 2009
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