Day of Archaeology 2011–2017: Global Community, Public Engagement, and Digital PracticeOpen Data

Lorna-Jane RichardsonORCID logo1, Matt Law*ORCID logo2, J. Andrew DuftonORCID logo3, Kate EllenbergerORCID logo4, Stuart EveORCID logo5, Tom GoskarORCID logo6, Jessica OgdenORCID logo7, Daniel PettORCID logo8 and Andrew ReinhardORCID logo9

1. Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities, University of East Anglia, UK.
2. Bath Spa University, UK / L - P : Archaeology *Corresponding author
3. Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, USA.
4. Binghamton University, USA
5. L - P : Archaeology, UK
6. Curators Institute, UK
7. University of Southampton, UK / L - P : Archaeology
8. Fitzwilliam Museum, UK
9. American Numismatic Society, USA / University of York, UK

Cite this as: Richardson, L-J., Law, M., Dufton, J.A., Ellenberger, K., Eve, S., Goskar, T., Ogden, J., Pett, D. and Reinhard, A. 2018 Day of Archaeology 2011–2017: Global Community, Public Engagement, and Digital Practice, Internet Archaeology 47.


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The Day of Archaeology was a volunteer-led international archaeological blogging event that ran from 2011 to 2017. The project asked people who define themselves as archaeologists to submit one or more blog posts about their working day on a chosen day in June or July. This article explores the history of the Day of Archaeology project and the practicalities of running a large-scale collaborative blogging project, before examining some of the topics covered in the posts. An assessment of the impact of the project follows. Overall, we hope in this work to answer some of the basic questions regarding this type of collaborative, online, global engagement – what we did, who we reached, what they talked about – and also to provide some insights for any other similar initiatives that may follow us in the future.

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