Crowdfunding Archaeology some Data, Finally!

Posted on September 29, 2014

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In Archaeology, I feel like we are perpetually having the same conversation — ‘you know it would be great if someone gathered data on (insert topic)’. There is never enough time to research all of our ideas. About a year ago I had that very same conversation about crowdfunding in Archaeology.  Luckily, someone has gone out and gathered the data– Thomas Van Damme , a graduate student at Syddansk Universitet.

He posted a great paper on Academia.edu- Crowdfunding Archaeology: Exploring the Potential of Crowdfunding in Archaeological Research– in which he gathered data on different archaeology crowdfunding projects. Work that is sorely needed in archaeology. As far as I am aware, the only discussions on the topic in Archaeology has been through blogs:

Also, DigVentures have given some conference papers on the topic here and here.

Thomas’ paper is a great starting point into getting data on crowdfunding so we no longer have to guess about what is happening with crowdfunding. He found 35 crowdfunding projects which I thought was amazing (didn’t know there had been so many). That was also based on a strict criteria too so there are more out there, but as he explains some are dubious i.e. pseudoarchaeology. I don’t want to give away too much of the paper, you should go and read the paper (Free to View!), but this image I thought was great:x._Crowdfunding_Archaeology_-_Thomas_Van_Damme-libre.11-page-001

It shows the success of the different projects. DigVentures holds the number 2 and 3 spot, while People Not Stones (Sustainable Preservation Initiative) is number one. I personally recommend checking out both those organisations as they are doing great work, that is ongoing.

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