Archaeology is not a spectator sport. It is slow and precise work, requiring long hours of dirty toil in punishing heat. Peanuts and Cracker Jacks are not served; no cheerleaders or marching bands entertain. Spectacular finds, the archaeological equivalent of home runs and touchdowns, occur, but irregularly. The team has no stars to clinch a victory—anyone, square supervisor or first-time volunteer, might uncover the next big find by accident.
Teamwork is crucial, but there is no contest between the home and the visitors’ teams. Only one team claims the field: a hardworking group of people from all walks of life and from a dozen different countries digging, sweeping, sorting, hauling, assembling, recording and most important, struggling to understand what the objects and structures they have found meant to the people who created them.
Who volunteers for a dig? Women and men of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, united in the thrilling pursuit of knowledge. The 27 digs described in this section need your energy and dedication. This year leave the bleachers behind and join the team on the field!