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 provide a window into the daily lives of archaeologists from all over the world. The project asks people working, studying or volunteering in the archaeological world to participate with us in a “Day of Archaeology” each year in the summer by recording their day and sharing it through text, images or video on this website. The resulting Day of Archaeology project demonstrates the wide variety of work our profession undertakes day-to-day across the globe, and helps to raise public awareness of the relevance and importance of archaeology to the modern world. We want anyone with a personal, professional or voluntary interest in archaeology to get involved, and help highlight the reasons why archaeology is vital to protect the past and inform our futures.
The project is run completely for free by a team of volunteers who are all professional archaeologists, and taking part in the project is completely free. The whole Day of Archaeology relies on goodwill and a passion for public engagement!
Previous Days of Archaeology
The first ever Day of Archaeology in 2011 was held on the 29th July 2011 and had over 400 contributing archaeologists, from those working in the field through to specialists working in laboratories and behind computers. We’ve built on the excitement of the first Day of Archaeology with successful events in 2012 and 2013. This year, the Day of Archaeology will be on Friday 11th July.