Ask An Archaeologist Day

Archaeology in process at Sutton Hoo

This year we’ll once again be taking part in #AskAnArchaeologist Day on Twitter on 21 July as part of the Festival of British Archaeology.

#AskAnArchaeologist day is a chance for people from all over the world to ask archaeologists questions, and an opportunity for archaeologists to share their knowledge.

Anyone with access to Twitter can ask a question using #AskAnArchaeologist and any archaeologist who knows the answer is able to respond.

The idea is based on the hugely successful #AskACurator day, set up by Mar Dixon, which has run for several years on Twitter. But Curators shouldn’t be the only ones to have such fun and so #AskAnArchaeologist was born.

Want to know what this involves? Ask away on 21 July
Excavations of a mosaic at Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire
Want to know what this involves? Ask away on 21 July

#AskAnArchaeologist day has been running for a few years and people from all over the world take part with lots of fascinating questions and discussions taking place.

We’ve chosen July 21 this year as it’s right in the middle of Festival of Archaeology in the UK.
There’s nothing too formal about the day and there are no silly questions – whatever you want to know about archaeology, ask away and someone will (hopefully) know the answer.
That’s it really, in the meantime, spread the word and get thinking of questions (or polishing up your answers).

How do I take part?

Go on Twitter on July 21, type in your question, add #AskAnArchaeologist and wait for the answer. If you want to ask a specific person or place the question then include their Twitter handle in the question.

I’m an Archaeologist and I want to take part what do I do?

That’s great. On July 21, search for #AskAnArchaeologist and answer any questions you know the answer to. Or feel free to ask questions of your own.

Ahead of the day, please share the details as widely as you can and encourage people to take part. If you work for a museum, please ask your social media team to join in and spread the word.

I’m a museum or other place where archaeologists work, can we join in?

Of course. As long as you have a Twitter account join in with your answers or questions.
Some places like to schedule specific time slots when their archaeologists will be available, so people can get prepared with questions. Publicise this on twitter beforehand.

You can also help to spread the word about the day and your involvement with it by telling people about your involvement.

Who’s in charge of this?

No-one really. There’s an “official” @AskAnArcheologistDay account, so you can ask them for advice and help. On the day that account will also share questions and answers and generally try to make lots of noise about it. However the real beauty is it’s just curious people asking questions and knowledgeable people sharing their answers.