About the Project

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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 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 was held in 2011, and since then we have had thousands of archaeologists take part in the event, from those working in the field through to specialists working in laboratories and behind computers. This year, the Day of Archaeology will be on Friday 28th July 2017.



42 thoughts on “About the Project

  1. No comment/ but a reply to your kind ef= fort for establishing the “DAYOFARCHAEO=
    LOGY” while several archaeological sites of many developing countries are being plundered by the soldiers and invaders from USA and some Nato Countries nowadays as It had happened in the past centuries by imperial forces/
    we will celebrate the `DAYOFARCHAEOLOGY` and stop all kinds of plunderings and smugglings of archeeological articrafts and items from and to any country at all/ Ali Tamer Urum Member of the World Archaeology Congress WAC

  2. Wayne & Toni Webb says:

    What an amazing opportunity to show & share the way we do things. Especially for Indigenous people like ourselves who have lived/continue to live “Traditionally”, have taught & trained Archaeologists & students for over 30yrs, given lectures, identify new/old sites,teach protocol, write reports,dig test pits, perform ceremony, make reccomendations & share our culture, all without a degree! Afantastic idea & can only benefit Archaeology world wide!

  3. Marc Henshaw says:

    I think this is a great opportunity for people to experience all of the different and unique aspects in the world of archaeology from a global perspective. Archaeology hold romance, intrigue, and mystery for the average person. This project would allow us to showcase the reality of archaeology as told by its practitioners, but may also expose the frustration that we experience as sites are lost to development and sprawl.

  4. Pamela Gaber says:

    I’m very interested in this project. Please tell me how to sign on.

  5. Matt Law says:

    Hi Pamela
    I’m glad you’re interested! Please e-mail us at dayofarchaeology@gmail.com and we’ll be in touch.

  6. keti says:

    One of the priorities of Archaeological Heritage Management Center is popularization of Georgian archaeological monuments and establishing relations with the government and non-government organizations of different countries. Our aim is to invite foreign archaeologists to our country. We also intend to collaborate with the Institutes, which are interested in sending their students – future archaeologists on probation in Georgia.
    Archaeological Heritage Management Centre plans to publish scientific-popular, annual and bilingual (Georgian-English) electronic journal (online journal). Besides that on the web-site of National Agency For Cultural Heritage Preservation Of Georgia (http://heritagesites.ge/?lang=eng&page=51) are already presented annotations of Georgian archaeological objects. Full versions of these annotations will be manifested on the web-site in the nearest future (It includes: providing full information, giving descriptions of the monuments, GPS coordinates, giving details about infrastructure of the object).
    We are informed, that similar units in your countries are very advanced, so we hope you will share your experience with us and send publications, which can be published in our electronic journal. We hope that our collaboration will be useful for Georgia as well as for your countries.

  7. Pisipaty says:

    i am a geoarchaeologist and working as a professor in a university in southern part of India. I’m very interested in this project. Please tell me how to sign on.

  8. adufton says:

    I’m glad that you’re interested in getting involved in the day. Please drop us an email at dayofarchaeology@gmail.com and we’ll be in touch with user account details.

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