Crowdsourcing funds Leiston Abbey dig

Crowd funding and sourcing have reached the archaeological community on the grounds of 12th century Leiston Abbey in Suffolk, England where amateurs funded experts for a two-week project in exchange for a chance to participate.

The cyber efforts raised enough to fund the 2013 project, which attracted thousands of visitors and participants. Archaologists hope to reach a goal of UK£18,000 by May 31, 2014 to fund the July 7-20 dig. Former Time Team archaeologist Raksha Dave said: “For as little as UK£10, you can be a part of the project through joining our digital dig team and following us on our website, where we’ll be sharing news, interviews, lectures and special events live from the dig every day.”