#archaeology31 2020 Photo Challenge Summary

#archaeology31 is a photo challenge created by Kim Biddulph that encourages archaeologists to share photos and stories about their work. The challenge takes place in January on Twitter and this post shares a summary of all my tweets for 2020’s #archaeology31.

How does #archaeology31 work?

#archaeology31 was created by Kim Biddulph in 2019. This is what inspired her and how she envisioned the challenge:

Inspired by #museum30 created by Gracie Price (@magnifyzoology) that runs in November, I decided to create an #archaeology31 photo challenge on Twitter to brighten up everyone’s January. The idea is for archaeologists to post one photo a day in January, with a specific theme each day… 

Kim Biddulph

While Twitter is the primary medium for the challenge, some archaeologists have posted on Instagram and on their personal blogs. Some participants (like myself) posted other content (e.g., gifs, videos, external links, etc.) for some days instead of a picture.

The daily themes change from year to year. Kim curated the following themes for the 2020 challenge:

My #archaeology31 2020 Photo Challenge Summary

Day 1: Who am I? + Day 2: #ThrowbackThursday

Check out the post: Behind the Discovery and Publication of Beta Samati

Day 3: Tools of the Trade

Day 4: Place

Day 5: Rest

Check out the post: Visiting the Famous Pillow Basalts in Wadi Jizzi, Oman

Day 6: Animal

Day 7: Vegetable

Day 8: Minerals

Day 9: #FolkloreThursday

Day 10: It’s Ritual

Check out the post: The 4 Foods I Must Have As Soon As I Land In Ethiopia

Day 11: Shelfie

Day 12: Friendship

Check out the post: Habits of the Night

Day 13: Layers

Check out the post: Skincare Basics for Fieldwork

Day 14: Lines

Check out the post: 4 Resolutions of Remote Sensing – An Archaeological Perspective

Day 15: #HillfortWednesday

Check out the post: Architectural Feats in Oman Throughout the Ages

Day 16: Shape

Check out the post: Visiting the Tombs of al-Ayn in Oman

Day 17: Patterns

Check out the post: Archaeobotany vs. Paleoethnobotany vs. Paleobotany

Day 18: #Caturday

Day 19: Leisure

Check out the post: The 4 Foods I Must Have As Soon As I Land In Ethiopia

Day 20: Reconstruction

Check out the post: Visiting the Tombs of al-Ayn in Oman

Day 21: Experimental

Check out the post: microMORPH Summer Course 2015: How I Learned Plant and Wood Anatomy (and how you can too!)

Day 22: Community

Check out the post: The Doors of Oman

Day 23: Interpretation

Day 24: #FlintFriday

Day 25: Storytime

Check out my Pinterest album: Archaeology Told By Archaeologists

Day 26: Communication

Day 27: Movement

Day 28: Breakages

Check out the post: Behind the Discovery and Publication of Aqir al-Shamoos

Day 29: Resist

Day 30: Environment

Check out the post: Architectural Feats in Oman Throughout the Ages

Day 31: Why Archaeology?

Closing Thoughts

If you have made it to the end of this post, thank you because it was a long one!

I really enjoyed participating in #archaeology31. It helped me learn about the interesting work other archaeologists were doing and communicate my own research. I am looking forward to participating next year.

Have you heard of #archaeology31? What are your favorite social media hashtag challenges? Let me know in the comments below!

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Smiti Nathan

I’m an archaeologist that travels around the world for both work and pleasure. I have a penchant for exploring ancient and modern places and the people, plants, and foods entangled in them. I write about archaeology, travel, and productivity.

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