Its July 24th 2015 and that means its the international Day of Archaeology!
So what is the Day of Archaeology? Well the project’s website puts it like this:
“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!”
Unfortunately I was not doing any archaeology today but I have some of my favourite posts about it to share:
First from the Coin Hoard Project at Jersey Museum where my friend is a Conservation Technician. They shared their day last Wednesday and talk a little about the project to remove coins from a hoard.
Next from ASI who have shared some great photos of their archaeologists at work with one-word captions. All the way from Canada!
And, finally an entry from an archaeologist detailing a fascinating history of Mexico City and the issues with protecting and managing archaeological sites and artefacts in such a dense urban environment.
Go forth and explore all the other exciting posts about the work of archaeologists across the globe on the project’s website: http://www.dayofarchaeology.com/