Top Four Tips for Your First Dig

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Overgrown Iron Age broch ruin

With plenty of new excavations flooding into the Dig It! website, this is the perfect time of year to get involved. Most of these events are free and no experience is required. If you’re still not convinced, we’ve put together some advice to help you on your first day: 

  1. Pack everything – Regardless of the forecast, we recommend packing sunscreen, sunglasses, waterproofs and layers. The weather can be different onsite and could change in an instant. 
  2. Don’t be shy – Digs are very sociable events, so don’t feel like you need to keep your head down and “get on with it”. Tea breaks and group lunches are all part of the fun. 
  3. Google it – If you’re a bit nervous, it helps to have a look at the project’s social media updates, new stories and/or blog posts. Google Maps can also help you suss out the landscape. 
  4. Get in touch – If you want to know more about what will happen when you arrive, don’t hesitate to contact the organisers. They’ll be happy to answer your questions and make you feel welcome. 

If you’re feeling inspired, visit the Dig It! event page to get started. 

This story originally appeared in the August 2018 e-newsletter. Click here if you’d like to sign up.