I recently broke the show format on Episode 27 of the Go Dig a Hole podcast to bring some news on Go Dig a Hole as a public archaeology venture.
Go Dig a Hole is becoming more than just a blog, podcast, and social media outlet for archaeology. It’s moving toward a full on public archaeology program. Here are some of the short term and long term goals:
- Purchase a license for transcription of episodes of Go Dig a Hole to make the podcast accessible to the hearing impaired.
- Go on “tour” to speak at schools throughout the Pacific Northwest.
- Start an archaeological field school in the Portland area, which:
- Investigates the underrepresented cultural heritage of Native peoples and people of color.
- Makes basic scientific methodology and hands-on archaeological experience available to underprivileged students in the Portland area.
- Continue to grow outreach and education projects.
There are two basic ways you can support Go Dig a Hole. For all of the above, go to the Go Dig a Hole page on Patreon and choose a subscription level. All subscription levels get a sticker, so you can share it on social media and show fellow supporters where our network goes.
Another way to support Go Dig a Hole is to directly support the podcast itself through donations to the Archaeology Podcast Network. While none of this money comes back to me in any tangible fashion, supporting my show helps the other shows on the network out, and will eventually get all of the podcasts on the APN access to professional podcast engineering services.
I’m excited to bring more updates as these projects roll along, and I’m incredibly thankful for the generous support received on both sides of the Go Dig a Hole project. I’ll need a lot of help to pull this off.
Here are a couple other pretty awesome public archaeology programs I suggest checking out:
Archaeology in the Community – Washington, D.C.
AITC’s founder and director, Dr. Alex Jones, was on the GDAH podcast a while ago, and will be on an upcoming episode to talk about the non-profit that should be the model for how to do an archaeology non-profit. This very public-facing group hosts several programs throughout the year and has a lot of local and regional support. AITC isn’t solely a Beltway DC deal; they recently had a program in Belize, and have hinted at launching satellite branches nationwide. On the podcast I mentioned their Do More 24 fundraising program, and I’ll soon be chatting with Dr. Jones about the Day of Archaeology Festival.
DigVentures – UK/USA
DigVentures is a crowdfunded archaeology field research program that has been making world news on their programs in the UK. They’ve investigated some high-profile sites, and provided crucial job skills to war veterans. Now, they’re launching their first program in the United States with the Digging Darrow project – a dig on an early Shaker site in New York, where religious refugees fled to the New World because their values of racial equality, female leadership, and technological innovation were considered radical, heretical, and dangerous back in 1700s England. DigVentures are another excellent example of how a public-facing, media-friendly archaeological outfit can be successful while producing high quality research.
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