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How to be a champ with gear

How to be a champ with gear

When I’m not helping out behind the scenes at Dig It Up, I teach into a second year subject at one of my local universities. In most university programs, by second year, most students would have chosen their preferred study pathways- in my broad research field, it might be something like Archaeology or the more traditional Earth Sciences. You’d think that by second year, most of the students would have the right gear for their studies, and especially, that they would know how to use it. Well, you’d like to think that anyway!

It’s just one of those things, I guess- if there is no one around to give you the most basic of tips on the right gear to buy, and especially how to use it properly, it’s pretty hard to figure it out yourself. I mean, if I am any example to go by, it’s bloody damn hard! When I was a student, I spent loads of time just trying to figure out what gear to buy, but didn’t really have a clue how to use it.

Archaeology students

Archaeology student at work

But don’t stress! That’s why we are here to help. It doesn’t matter if you are a fledgling student of geology, archaeology, or anywhere else in between, I know that we’ve got something for you, and most importantly, the best tips and advice on how to use your gear. I’ve got over 15 years of follies and mix-ups in buying and using gear under my belt- you don’t have to make the same mistakes that I have made myself!

Seriously though, make sure that you check out our For Students page. We put this thing together a little earlier this year after recognising time and time again, that most students need a little extra help in choosing the right tools for the job. But buying the right gear isn’t much help if you don’t know how to use it properly.

Geology students

Is this what your backpack looks like?

We’ve divided our For Students page into two basic research fields depending on your interests- Earth Sciences and Archaeology. Within both fields, you can see the critical gear that you should seriously start thinking of investing in, depending on your level within that particular field. Whether you are just starting out, or have been in the game for a few years, we’ve got dedicated advice and tips just for you.

We’d love to know what you think too! What kind of tips would you give out to newbie students? What sort of additional information would you like to see from Dig It Up? Just leave a comment below, on our Facebook page, or contact us directly on the links above. We’d love to hear from you!


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Dr G

Our resident expert at Dig It Up
Our Dr G (Dr Gilbert Price) established Dig It Up in 2010. A palaeontologist with over 15 years experience, Dr G’s wealth of knowledge and know-how in archaeology and geology tools and equipment is second-to-none.

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3 Responses to “How to be a champ with gear”

  1. Christian says:

    Dig you steal my backpack?!?!

  2. Danni D. says:

    How much to ship to Western Australia?

  3. Dr G says:

    Hi Danni,
    It depends on what you are ordering. To let you know, Dig It Up offers flat rate shipping (‘table rate’ on our website), so that if you purchased something relatively small, say a hand lense or two, we ship virtually anywhere in Australia from about $6. For a slightly larger/heavier order, like a geo pick, shipping would start from around $10 Australia wide (orders up to 3 kg, so realistically, it could include several items for that price). You can read more about our shipping options here:

    Hope that helps!
    Dr G :)