A Day in Archaeology

For one day a year, delve into the life of real life Archaeologists and see what they get up to.

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Welcome to A Day in Archaeology

Have you ever wondered what archaeologists really do? Do they just dig or are there other aspects to their work?

A Day in Archaeology showcases 'a day in the life' of archaeologists from all over the UK.

Throughout the day archaeologistsheritage professionalsstudents and volunteers share blogs talking about a day in their life. You might be surprised to see just how many opportunities there are to get involved in archaeology from fieldwork to the science labmuseums to building sitesthe possibilities are endless. Our contributors also share the paths they took to get to where they are now. Find out how their careers developed, why they chose to study archaeology or how they got involved in volunteering.

The 2024 A Day In Archaeology event will take place on Thursday 25 July

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Take part in 2024

The 2024 A Day In Archaeology event will take place on Thursday 25 July. Blog submissions will open on Saturday 13 July.

Anyone can take part in A Day In Archaeology whether you are a professional, volunteer or student archaeologist, have been involved in archaeology for many years or are just embarking on your journey.

This year, alongside blogs, we are excited to welcome the submission of TikToks, Instagram Reels, and YouTube Shorts.

To help you submit your blog or short video click on the tabs below to view our how to guides.

Short video submission guide

Step 1: Plan Your Content 📝

  • Topic: Decide which aspect of your personal experience studying, volunteering, or working in archaeology you want to share. Highlight what makes your day unique and interesting.
  • Outline: Plan a brief outline of your video to ensure you cover all key points within the time limit (90 seconds or less).

Step 2: Record Your Video 🎥

  • Lighting and Sound: Ensure you have good lighting and clear audio. Filming in a quiet, well-lit environment is ideal.
  • Vertical Format: Record your video in a vertical (portrait) format to fit Instagram Reels, TikTok, or YouTube Shorts.
  • Engaging Intro: Start with an engaging introduction to grab the viewer’s attention (e.g., "Hi, I’m [Your Name], and here’s a glimpse into my day as an archaeology student/volunteer/professional!").
  • Personal Experience: Show and explain your activities, tools, environment, and any interesting findings or insights from your personal perspective.
  • Outro: End with a brief conclusion or a call to action. Encourage others to get involved in your aspect of archaeology!

Step 3: Edit Your Video ✂️

  • Trimming: Edit out any unnecessary parts to keep your video concise and engaging.
  • Captions and Overlays: Add captions, text overlays, or music to enhance your video. 
  • Review: Watch your video to ensure it flows well and is within the 90-second limit.

Step 4: Upload Your Video 📲

  • Choose Platform: Upload your video to your chosen platform: Instagram Reels, TikTok, or YouTube Shorts.
  • Title and Description: Use a descriptive title and include relevant details in the description
  • Tags and Hashtags: Add tags and hashtags to increase visibility. Use our event hashtags: #DayInArchaeology2024 and #FestivalOfArchaeology2024.

Step 5: Share video Link with Us 🔗

  • Collaborative Post (Instagram Only): If you’re uploading to Instagram, you have the option to do a collaborative post with the CBA. Here’s how:
    1. Upload your video as an Instagram Reel.
    2. Tap on “Tag People” and then “Invite Collaborator.”
    3. Search for and select “Council for British Archaeology” to invite us as a collaborator.
  • Copy Link: Once your video is uploaded, copy the link to your video.
  • Submit Link and Thumbnail: Click the button below to submit your video link. Fill in the required details (e.g., your name, email, a brief description of your video), paste the link, and upload a thumbnail image for your video.
  • Confirm: Double-check your information and click "Submit."

Step 6: Engage and Enjoy! 🎉

  • Sit Back: We'll take it from here and share your video across our social media platforms.
  • Join the Conversation: Engage with the community by following the hashtag #ADayInArchaeology2024. Comment, like, and share posts to keep the conversation going!

Tips for a Great Video 🌟

  • Be Authentic: Share your genuine experiences and insights.
  • Keep it Simple: Focus on one or two key aspects of your day.
  • Show, Don’t Just Tell: Use visuals to complement your narration.
Submit a blog

Submit a blog

Click the link below and follow the instructions to upload your blog to the CBA website!

Submit a blog

Submit a short video

Submit a short video

Click the link below and follow the instructions to submit your short video to the CBA website.

Submit a short video

Thank you for participating in A Day in Archaeology 2024! 
If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Corless at [email protected].


 View this year's submissions 

Curious about the daily life of archaeologists or just looking for inspiration for your own submission?
Click below to explore this year's captivating blogs and short videos!

Highlights from this year so far


A Day in Archaeology 2023

A Day in Archaeology 2023 took place on Thursday 27 July and was sponsored by Prospect.

Blog posts were uploaded throughout A Day In Archaeology and stay on the Festival website all year round to form a developing resource for anyone interested in a career in archaeology or wanting to find out more about the range of opportunities to participate.

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