Sure, reading about the ancient world is fascinating, but let’s face it: There’s just no substitute for holding history in your hands. That’s something hundreds of BAR readers have already discovered, and it’s something you can find out for yourself by volunteering for a dig this year. Volunteers are an indispensable part of archaeological discovery. Every excavation season, people of all descriptions—students and teachers, professionals and pilgrims, young adventurers and seasoned retirees—uncover the buried treasures of the past by wielding pickax and trowel under the appreciative direction of professional archaeologists.
In the pages that follow, you’ll find plenty of information on 28 excavations where volunteers are invited to come get their hands dirty. So if you’ve ever wanted to get a better grip on ancient history, why not consider joining one of these digs in 2001? Soap and water will take care of the dirt, but the memories will stick with you for a lifetime.