Friday, June 29, 2012

Day of Archaeology 2012

Day of Archaeology 2012: A Day in the Life of Archaeologists
Day of Archaeology

About the Project

Have you ever wondered what archaeologists really get up to? Is it all just digging or is there a lot more to it? The Day of Archaeology project aims to give you a window into the daily lives of archaeologists from all over the world.

Day of Archaeology 2011

The first ever Day of Archaeology in 2011 had over 400 contributing archaeologists, from those working in the field through to specialists working in laboratories and behind computers, and their posts chronicled what they did on one day, July 29th 2011. This date was chosen to coincide with the Festival of British Archaeology, which runs annually in July.

View the past entries, or explore using the categories at the top of each page.

How it all began

Day of Archaeology was born after a Twitter conversation between PhD students and project organisers, Lorna Richardson and Matt Law, during the third annual Day of Digital Humanities in March 2011. They thought it would be interesting and fun to organise something similar to the Day of DH for those working or volunteering in (or studying) archaeology around the world. Thanks to some very generous offers of time, support, web design know how, and server space from digitally-minded colleagues (the server space from Daniel Pett of the British Museum), an organising ‘committee’ of sorts was formed, and the idea quickly became reality.

Read more background information about the Day of Archaeology 2011.

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