If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve dreamed of being part of an archaeological dig. To help you make the switch from dreamer to digger, we present our annual guide to excavations (with lots more information at our special Web site, www.findadig.com). Don’t think you can do it? Take inspiration from the stories in the pages that follow, which show that you can make an important contribution—and have lots of fun, too—no matter what your age. We profile four dig volunteers—two young and two not-so-young—who toiled in the hot sun for no pay, and loved every minute of it.