Day of Archaeology

October 29, 2019

The British Museum

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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.

In a paragraph, that was what the day of archaeology project was about. A collaborative blogging and social media experiment run for a number of years by a team of volunteers who are all professional archaeologists, and taking part in the project was completely free.

Deposited archive

Archaeology Data Service, University of York, Day of Archaeology Archive DOI: 10.5284/1048331

People I worked with

  • Lorna Richardson
  • Matt Law
  • Jessica Ogden
  • Andrew Rheinhard
  • Kate Ellenberger
  • Andrew Dufton
  • Tom Goskar

Institutional Partners

  • The British Museum
  • The Portable Antiquities Scheme
  • LP Archaeology
  • Council for British Archaeology
  • The Archaeology Data Service


  • Lorna-Jane Richardson, Matt Law, J Andrew Dufton, Kate Ellenberger, Stuart Eve, Tom Goskar, Jessica Ogden, Dan Pett, Andrew Reinhard (2018) Day of Archaeology 2011–2017: Global Community, Public Engagement, and Digital Practice in Internet Archaeology 47
  • Lorna-Jane Richardson, Matthew Law, Andrew Dufton, Kate Ellenberger, Stuart Eve, Tom Goskar, Jess Ogden, Daniel Pett, Andrew Reinhard, 2018. (updated 2021) Day of Archaeology Archive