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Dinosaurs wow crowds at Ayscoughfee

Families flocked to Ayscoughfee Hall to see a pair of Dinosaurs and take part in a whole host of historic activities.


The Spalding venue hosted a Festival of Archaeology from Thursday, July 20 to Saturday, July 22 with over 900 people attending in total.

The event proved so successful, that organisers are now hoping to make it a regular fixture.

The main attraction was the visit of staff from Fossils Galore who brought along real dinosaur bones, some of which were on display to the public for the first time.

The fossils were from "Indie" an eight metre long Iguanodon and "Stompy" a woolly rhinoceros skull found in Cambridgeshire in 2014. Jamie Jordan and Sarah Moore, who discovered Indie, spoke to guests about their historic finds.

Jamie said: "It was fantastic to see so many people come along and children really fascinated by the fossils. Indie and Stompy generated a lot of attention but we also had plenty of other activities going on which proved popular."

The event also included a talk by Louise Jennings, Historic Environment Officer for Lincolnshire, focused on the history of South Holland from the ground down through artefacts found in and around Spalding.

There was also an All Day Play with everything from soft play for toddlers to replicating a Roman mosaic for older kids and adults.

On the Saturday visitors enjoyed a full day of information, education, stalls and talks about the study and practice of archaeology.

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