October 19, 2013, is International Archaeology Day around the world. Archaeologists discover the human past, giving us more information about our ancestors and our world than we have ever known before. They do it through hard physical work, digging outdoors in all kinds of weather and all kinds of terrain. They also do it through hard intellectual work in the lab, sorting, measuring, comparing, figuring out what the bits and pieces mean. It can be cold and lonesome. It’s almost always tedious and frustrating. And it’s always fascinating.
If you know an archaeologist, first of all, count yourself lucky. Secondly, take him or her to lunch during October to show your appreciation. You’re bound to enjoy their stories!
Below, I’ve compiled a short, select tour of archaeology around the world to acquaint you with some of the amazing work that’s helping us all understand who we are.