DigVentures is a platform that enables civic participation in archaeology and heritage projects. DigVentures was started in 2012 by two archaeologists and a dog.
In 2012, their 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, UK. It was a huge success, raising a worldwide community of over 250 citizen archaeologists and £32,000 to run an internationally-important collaborative archaeological research project.
DigVentures is a constant experiment in finding new and better ways of connecting the public with archaeology. In 2018, they hosted the DigNation festival, sharing a livestream from Lindisfarne to the world; they've built Digital Dig Team, a live, open-access mobile digital archaeological recording system, enabling them to share research from the trenches in real time; they've launched How to Do Archaeology, an online course to help people all over the world who want to learn how to dig; and their social media channels are up to date with news of what they're up to.
Interview with Brendon Wilkins, projects director, DigVentures | Arts head
March 18, 2014