‘Oh by the way…have you heard about that mummy?’
Everywhere we go, people share stories with us about how much they are fascinated by archaeology, how they have always wanted to try it, and ‘Oh by the way…have you heard that story about that mummy?’
The DigVentures story began in 2012, when we realised it was time to do archaeology differently, and involve as many people as possible in the thrill and excitement of our work.
DigVentures is a social business that designs and delivers collaborative archaeology projects and experiences in the UK and beyond.
We use crowdfunding, crowdsourcing and digital technology to increase opportunities for the public to participate in archaeological research.
In July 2012, we launched the world’s first-ever crowdfunded and crowdsourced archaeological excavation at Flag Fen, a Bronze Age wetlands site and Scheduled Ancient Monument near Peterborough. It was a huge success, raising a worldwide community of over 250 funders and £27,000 to run a public research archaeology project. Since then, we’ve repeated this success in the UK and abroad, and grown our collaborative archaeology community year upon year, proving time and again that YOU – the crowd – are at the heart of what we do.
We built Digital Dig Team, the world’s first open-access mobile digital archaeological recording system, to help us do our jobs better as well as to enable the public to participate in archaeological excavation alongside DV’s expert archaeologists in the trenches, or at home as one of our armchair archaeology army.
The wild ride we started in 2012 is picking up pace, as our new model of working with the public becomes more and more popular within archaeology and beyond. We’ve got new projects and strategic partnerships developing in the UK, Europe, and the United States, and plenty more tricks up our sleeve to keep surprising, exciting – and most of all, involving – our community in what we do. Hope to see you on site soon!
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Organisations and projects looking to explore digital engagement, raise funds, increase visitor footfall, and build profile. We offer complete project design and delivery services for archaeology, crowdfunding and educational programmes in schools and museums. Get in touch!
DigVentures is a Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Registered Organisation