We’ve got a brand new social media campaign for #IAD2023! From late September through IAD (Saturday, October 21), we’re asking you to post your story of how you got into archaeology. Whether you’ve had a lifelong passion for the field, early experiences that inspired you, a surprise introduction to archaeology, or a mentor who led you to the discipline, we want to hear about it.

What kickstarted your archaeology career? Share your experience with others on social media to help demystify the process and inspire future archaeologists. Put up a video or written post in the days leading up to #IAD2023 to share your #ArchaeoStart.

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We’ve spread out our #ArchaeoStart themes over four weeks in an attempt to keep people posting all month long, but if you miss your week, we hope you’ll share your #ArchaeoStart story anyways. Tag the AIA’s official social media accounts so we can share your story with the world!

All posts should include #IAD2023 and #ArchaeoStart as well as:

  • #Mentorship (September 25-29)
  • #UncoveringArchaeology (October 2-6)
  • #EarlyExperiences (October 9-13)
  • #LifelongPassion (October 16-20)

Sample Reels and Sample Captions