News  |  Posted June 20, 2024

Dig It! Launches Annual Summer Fieldwork Campaign

On 20 June, the Society’s Dig It! project launched Scotland Digs 2024 to celebrate the country’s world-leading archaeology and raise awareness of our links with other parts of the globe with this year’s “International Connections” theme.

Aerial view of people digging at an archaeological site with lots of stones

Knowe of Swandro (© S. J. Dockrill)

Now in its sixth iteration, the national campaign is assembling fieldwork updates and events for the public through social media and an online hub from 20 June to 23 September.

Survey, recording, excavation and more is taking place in urban and rural areas across the country, with many organisations welcoming the public with tours, open days and volunteering opportunities – no experience required.

In addition, this year’s campaign will raise awareness of the historic links between Scotland and the wider world, as well as how archaeology can be used to combat harmful narratives, by highlighting projects and discoveries with international connections.

This includes artefacts that were imported to Scotland, sites where the residents or builders (or their ancestors) have come from another part of the world, and finds which demonstrate the historic exchange of ideas or technology.

Please visit the Dig It! website to read more.

Dig It! is coordinated by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and primarily funded by Historic Environment Scotland

Image: Knowe of Swandro excavation (© S. J. Dockrill)