There is more and more great archeaology being dug up around the world every year - and much more to be discovered. The fruits of archaeological digs - both in museums or, better still, on the ground, provide a glimpse into civilisations long dead and, at their best, offer us an insight into our own.
Derived from the Greek, the word 'archaeology' means the pursuit of ancient knowledge. There are two ways to enjoy archaeology on holiday. The first is how 99% of us do - by looking at it, either at the great archaeological sites like Machu Picchu or in museums like the the British or Egyptian Museums. You can do this on your own - fitted in to your doubtless already crowded holiday schedule. Or you can consider joining a specialist archaeological tour. Check out our selection of travel companies who specialise in archaeological tours.
The second is more rarified - if you have a passion fo archaeology, why not join a dig? The practical art of archaeology is now considered a much more engaging discipline. The dramatic stories of the Egyptologists and their curses, the public’s fascination with finds like Pompeii and the Terracotta Army, and Indiana Jones' cavalier on-screen antics - not to mention endless TV programmes - have made the act of digging up fields both exciting and open to everyone.
So as well as admiring the treasures others have dug up for us to marvel at, there are now plenty of opportunities to volunteer to work on archaeological digs - and possibly unearth our own ancient treasures.