If you would like to be involved with ‘Day of Archaeology’, firstly register on the site or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can get an idea of numbers and organise log-ins. Your post can be submitted directly to our website with the instructions below, or alternatively, you can email it to us. Please let us know which way you would prefer to contribute. We can help if you are not comfortable posting media yourself, and are happy to post contributions on your behalf.
If you choose to register an account, please enter your full name so that we know you aren’t a wicked spambot and we will upgrade you to contributor status once we have reviewed your account.
- When you receive an e-mail with your username and password click on the link to go to the WordPress Login screen. You can then enter the username and password provided for you in your invitation e-mail.
- After logging in, you will be taken to your Dashboard.
- If you wish to change your password, you can do so by clicking on the ‘Users’ then ‘Profile’ links on the left side of the screen.
- Please add your name to your profile and any further information you would like the world to know about you!
Your First Post
- Log in and click on ‘Add New’ in the left column
- Write your headline in the Title box
- Select the category or categories that apply to your post
- You can then add your blog text in the large test box area, and click the blue ‘submit for review’ button on the right hand side for the post to be submitted to the moderators for publication on the site. This is a very important stage, as we are not always sure if you have finished working on your post, so please don’t forget to submit the post when you are done!
What to write about
Essentially, it’s up to you what you write about (so long as it meets our acceptable use policy, which is below). The idea is to describe your day working in archaeology – we want to hear about your working day, what kind of tasks you undertake, what you find if in the field, what other organisations you work with, how important you feel your work is, why you got involved in that specific area, why you wanted to be an archaeologist etc. Remember that readers might not understand all the specialist terms archaeologists use, so try to keep your language accessible and briefly define the terms you use if it’s appropriate to do so.
If you are working for a commercial archaeology/CRM contractor, you might not be able to share certain details about your company or the project you are working on. Please check with your manager to see if this is the case. You can also contribute posts that do not mention specific locations, companies or individuals.
Splitting Your Post
If your text is especially long, you might like to think about splitting your post so that the first couple of paragraphs appear on the page from the start, but visitors have to click a link to read to the end. This allows you to add more detail for those who are interested while keeping the basic post concise.
To do this, decide where you want to split the post, make sure that the cursor is at that position in the text and then click the Split Post icon (that’s the one that looks like two rectangles with a dashed line between them). The blog will then automatically create a link for readers to see more after the point you’ve chosen.
To insert a link into your post, select the text that you would like to link to another webpage. Click the link icon in the toolbar (that’s the one that looks like a chain) and type or paste the URL. Don’t forget to enter a title too – it will appear when the blog visitor hovers over the link.
To insert images you can either link to an existing picture if you know its web address (you will need the full address of the image file itself, not just the page that contains it), or you can upload an image to the Day of Archaeology website. Be sure to add alternative text that describes what the image shows.
Also very important – be sure to add a ‘featured image‘ to show off your post too – this means the image will display on the home page along with the title of your post. Entice people to read what you’ve been up to!
Also note, you can also link to video content held elsewhere by just inserting the link in the ‘Insert from URL’ form from the left.
Images and Copyright
Including photographs and pictures with your entries is a wonderful way of making them more attractive; however a number of points need to be considered with regard to copyright. An image will have a copyright holder, and so it is important to be sure that we have permission to use that image. There are three common types of image that are acceptable for use.
- Images in the public domain – these are images that are explicitly available for use free of copyright. A good example are images licensed under Creative Commons. A number of such images can be found using this search engine.
- Images for which the author is the copyright holder (your own photographs or drawings)
- Other images used with clear permission.
Generally, if you find an image in a web page, there will be a part of the site which details copyright ownership. It is extremely important to ensure that you have permission from the copyright holder before you use an image on your Day of Archaeology entry. Please be sure to include a copyright note at the end of the caption for each illustration used in an entry. Images which do not give clear indication of copyright ownership and permission will be removed.
For more information on copyright and seeking permission please visit the UK Copyright Service web site.
Acceptable Use and Post Moderation
A Day of Archaeology is moderated by volunteers. Submissions will not be accepted that are irrelevant, defamatory, obscene, abusive, threatening, or an invasion of privacy. Derogatory remarks or innuendo towards any individual or group, including those that may be construed as offensive by any individual of a certain race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion, are not acceptable. The decisions of the moderators are final.