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A Guide To Soil Identification Using Biscuits

The importance of biscuits in the lives of archaeologists cannot be underestimated. And now, with the DigVentures Biscuit Chart Soil Identification Guide, they’re about to become even more valuable. Mid-chocolatey brown? Nope, in archaeology,…

Make your own mead

Recipe: How To Make Your Own Medieval Mead

Raise your horns, goblets and mazers to this week’s recipe… Mead! This golden nectar has a wonderful sweet, smooth taste and an usually high percentage that can induce merriness pretty quickly. Made by fermenting…

How To… Decorate Your Easter Egg Like It’s 60,000 BC

Decorating eggs is a well-known Easter tradition in many parts of the world, but it’s actually a practice that goes waaaay back in time. Like 60,000 years back in time. If you’re looking for…

How To Dig Postholes

Like most professional archaeologists, one of the first features I learned to dig was a posthole.

How To… Dig With the Big Yellow Trowel

There’s a latent perception that archaeologists spend most of their time scratching about the earth with tweezers and paintbrushes, gently unravelling the past crumb-by-painstaking-crumb. The truth is, we save time by getting started with…

Five Ways To Make Sure Your Community Dig is a Success

Community Archaeology projects all over the world are giving more people than ever the opportunity to discover the past for themselves. But how do you create those opportunities, and what makes some projects stand…

Raksha’s Two Things Never To Do in a Trench

Going digging this summer? Whether you’re an old hand or a brand new shovel bum, there’s lots to learn about the fine art of digging. So read on to brush up on your skills…

Community Archaeology: A Survival Guide!

Got some spare time on your hands? Fancy trying something a bit different? Then why not give archaeology a go? Community archaeology can be a great way to meet new people, gain a new…

Archaeological Field Schools: The (Unofficial!) Rules

So you’re looking forward to joining an archaeology field school for your first ever dig. Nervous? Excited? Raring to go? With your shiny new trowel and wheel barrow load of enthusiasm, many a novice…

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