During the last decades, internet and social media have been turned into very powerful tools for sharing information. In the UK, the virtual ‘Day of Archaeology’ project created by post-graduate students in March 2011, and currently proposed, within NEARCH, at a European and international level uses these new technologies to inform, share and engage multiple publics in archaeology.
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 NEARCH project is delighted to be joining forces with the Day of Archaeology, and while this work technically falls under theme A (Involving), it has relevance across every theme. ADS is coordinating the collaboration, and is currently discussing how best to work on this project.
Broadly though, the first year will likely entail working across collective networks to ensure greater participation from archaeologists across Europe, and providing translations for the ‘How to take part’ sections of the website, so that more people can post in their native language if they so choose. In the following years NEARCH and ADS hope to also explore creative ways for people across Europe to use the site.
By participating to the virtual "Day of Archaeology", NEARCH hopes to provide a glimpse into a day in the life of people active in the field of archaeology - professionals and amateurs - and invites the public to share their experiences, pictures, videos and texts about archaeology.
Three editions are foreseen in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
In 2015, the Day of Archaeology will be on July 24th.