International Archaeology Day 2013

Here is a date to mark in your calendar. Or your phone. Or wherever you’ll remember October 19th because you won’t want to miss International Archaeology Day! Now you may be wondering how one celebrates Archaeology Day… Aside from eating a slice of an amazingly awesome celebratory cake like this one…

Archaeological Cake

…check out the various events being held around the world in honour of one of the coolest fields of study (not that I’m biased). Events are listed here (http://www.archaeological.org/archaeologyday/events) on the Archaeological Institute of America’s website, or check your local museums and historical sites to see for local events in honour of the day. If you still can’t find any, why not host your own?

Personally, my favourite Archaeology Day event has only one small downfall: you have to be in the London, England area to participate in the official event. But if you are in the UK or can somehow get yourself there in the next two days, check out the TrowelBlazers’ Wiki-Editathon at the Natural History Museum!

The TrowelBlazers are a group of awesome women archaeologists, palaeontologists, and geologists, who write about awesome archaeologists, palaeontologists, and geologists. Their tumblr (http://trowelblazers.tumblr.com/whowhatwhy) is a celebration of the work of dozens of “trowel-wielding women,” whose work in their respective fields, though incredible and often hugely significant, is sadly all-too-often forgotten or neglected. Well the TrowelBlazers are changing that! By sharing these women’s stories with the world, the TrowelBlazers are giving these pioneers the dues they deserve.

Now, to celebrate International Archaeology Day, Earth Science Week, and Ada Lovelace Day, the TrowelBlazers are inviting anyone who is interested, and especially female participants, to join them at the Natural History Museum in London for a one-day Wiki-Editathon. The goal is to edit the Wikipedia pages for some of the lesser-known pioneers of science in order to spread the word about these women’s achievements, inspiring stories, and important contributions. How’s that for girl power?!

So check out all the details here: http://trowelblazerswiswiki.eventbrite.com/  And lend a helping (and typing) hand this Archaeology Day! Because, as Virginia Woolf said, “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” Let’s help to give anonymous a name, a face, and a story.

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