I’m updating old goals and love that this was one of them! I managed to wrangle my way into a yearly archaeology project through work and have been absolutely loving it. I would be game to pursue this as a career but don’t quite have the time (or money) I would need to invest in the schooling.
For the time being I have taken the route of creating educational programs for elementary school students to spread the love of the discipline. It keeps me involved in the program and makes me one of very few who know anything about artifacts and cultural resource management at my work. 2 years ago
I went to Israel and helped out a day on a dig, very interesting stuff. 4 years ago
Carlos says maybe in february I can go with him….
Well, I guess I can wait a month 5 years ago
are they any websites that give information about digs? how do you start? 5 years ago
It was on the grounds of the Nelson Dockyard National Park in Antigua. A great experience. 6 years ago
I went to Israel one summer to just volunteer on a dig. It was awesome digging up artifacts from 8000 years ago. It does get a little boring and repetitive after a week, but the people usually make it totally worthwhile. By the way, I had no experience. All you need to do is work hard.
Do it. 7 years ago
I’ve had this feeling lately that I might want to be an archaeologist. So, my first step to figure this out is to jump into a dig. It just might happen. 7 years ago
I’m from Ethiopia, so I definintly want to go out there and discover how my ancestors lived and the secrets they carried with them. 7 years ago
I worked on a dig for a month at Caesarea, Isreal, where King Herod had his palace built out into the ocean. I was in a trench up on the temple mount which had four or five religious buildings on top of it over the centuries. A Roman temple, a Byzantine church, a Crusader church. It was the people that made it exciting though. All you do is dig and dump buckets and move rocks, so it is up to you to make it fun. The group was diverse in age with three people over 70, two people 35-70, and four people under 35. We all had a good sense of humor. I invented the International signal for I’m-holding-a-bucket-would-you-turn-around-and-take-it while we stood in line to pass buckets of dirt to the dump pile. The signal involves pressing your lips together, sucking in, and pulling them apart so it makes a MOP sound. Worked really well. Better than tapping shoulders (your arms get too tired to lift that high) or using a sentence. “Hey” didn’t always get their attention. Everyone was a character, a really unique person. I think this is something worth doing at any point in your life. 7 years ago