Sometimes we avocational archaeologists are keen to participate in an official archaeological excavation but cannot afford the fees nor tolerate a month's tent-camping in hot, pestiferous conditions. Or possess the gear and the nerves of steel to scuba dive in a pitch black cenote. [Photo by Melisa French via Archaeology Magazine.]
Well, look no further than the Interwebs for the solution! The Archaeological Institute of America and Archaeology Magazine come out of cyberspace to bring you Interactive Digs - a place where, from the climate-controlled splendor of your own Internet connection you can - as the AIA describes:
Follow an excavation project as it happens. Interactive Digs are an opportunity to see an excavation unfold in real time. Archaeologists post regular updates from the field, answer questions, and describe life on a dig.
Current excavations (or those recently completed) have investigated sites in Crete, Ireland, Italy, Ohio, and Suriname. Closer to our own region, past excavations included sites in Arizona, Belize, Veracruz, Mexico, and cenote diving in Yucatan, Mexico (see above). Follow your favorite archaeologist's team online in the off season when local volunteer opportunities are scarce!