One of the real struggles for any new student of the Earth and Archaeological sciences is knowing what the tools are that you need in order to be successful in your studies. Sure, you can start and try to figure things out for yourself, but it does waste time, and certainly money. This was exactly my experience as a fledgling student- it was really hit and miss. I bought the gear that I thought I needed; in some cases, even to this day, I still have things that I have never used; at other times, I bought the wrong tools for the job. Like the old saying goes, “a good workman never blames his tools”, and it really is true. In my case though, it was the tools that were the problem. But had I known what I actually needed and how to use it, I could have gotten around this old adage a lot quicker, more easily, and without hurting my wallet so much.
One of my goals of Dig It Up is to call on my >15 years of experience in the Earth and Archaeological sciences to give you the tips, know-how, and advice on the right equipment that you need as a student starting out. You don’t always need the fanciest gear; you don’t even have to spend a huge amount of money. But you do need the right tools for the job, and that’s where we are here to help. We’ve divided this page into two basic sections depending on whether your interests lie in the Earth Sciences (e.g., volcanology, mineralogy, geology, sedimentology and so on) or the Archaeological Sciences (such as zooarchaeology, palaeoanthropology, geoarchaeology and others). Just click either of the images below for your chosen discipline.