DigVentures is a social business that specialises in crowdfunding, crowdsourcing and digital methods to increase public participation in archaeological research and heritage projects.

We are a Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Registered Organisation, and the first-ever CIfA Accredited Fieldschool.

DigVentures was started in 2012 by two archaeologists and a dog.

In 2012, this small but mighty team 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 £32,000 to run an internationally-important collaborative archaeological research project.

Since then, we have repeated this success in the UK and abroad, and grown our community year upon year, proving time and again that YOU – the crowd – are at the heart of what we do.

DigVentures is a constant experiment in finding new and better ways of connecting the public with archaeology. In 2018, we hosted the DigNation festival, sharing a livestream from Lindisfarne to the world; we’ve 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; we’ve launched How to Dig, an online course to help people who want to learn how to do archaeology; and our social media channels are always ablaze with news of what we’re up to.

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 – as many peopel as possible in what we do. Hope to see you on site soon!

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