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Festival of Archaeology – What can you learn from an ancient sock?

July 16, 2013

For the Festival of Archaeology, textile teacher and Regina Degiovanni will be leading an event at the Museum – What can you learn from an ancient sock?

Sunday 21 July, 1-3pm. Experimental archaeology is the science of copying ancient technology. By studying and imitating artefacts like Manchester Museum’s Coptic sock (from c. 600 AD Egypt), modern knitters can learn how the ancient original was made. Have a go at a millennia-old craft. This workshop is suitable for adult crafters with some knitting skills required.

Price: Book on 0161 275 2648 or, £3

If you are a keen knitter why don’t you enter the Festival of Archaeology’s knitting competition – Regina’s sock is already entered.

Get hands-on with archaeology this summer to celebrate the 23rd Festival of Archaeology, which runs from 13―28 July. If you have ever wanted to knit the Two Brothers or a Roman altar, now is your chance to demonstrate your imagination and creativity. Enter to win a £25 knit pack from Ramshambles York, Council for British Archaeology membership and a copy of the CBA’s latest book―Star Carr: Life After the Ice Age.

To enter, simply:
1. Take a picture of your knit.
2. Follow Festival of Archaeology on Pinterest at .
3. Send the e-mail address you use for Pinterest to festival and request to be added to the “Archaeology Fest Knit” group board.
4. Pin your image to the “Archaeology Fest Knit” board with the hashtag #FestArchKnit and a short caption.

If you need inspiration there are plenty of images of Manchester Museum objects at the Manchester Museum flickr photostreamThe contest ends 28 July at midnight. One winner will be chosen by judges. The winner will be informed by the CBA via e-mail.

Good Luck. If you enter don’t forget to tweet the Museum with your entry.

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