Hello all you budding archaeologists and archaeology enthusiasts! My name is Crystal and I’m so excited to have rejoined the DIG! team this year after working here during its first season, way back in 2014! I am originally from Oklahoma but I’ve called Virginia my home for 15 years now. It wasn’t long after moving here that I found myself wanting to know more about the history of Virginia and what it was like to live here in years past. When I took my first archaeology class as an undergraduate at Virginia Commonwealth University, I fell in love. Not long after, I attended an archaeological field school at George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm and graduated with a degree in anthropology and a minor in history. I received a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, where I focused on community planning and historic preservation. Nearly every summer that I was in graduate school, I worked as an archaeologist at Colonial Williamsburg and was so happy to have been asked to return this year to DIG!. At DIG!, there is plenty of digging…and we always find artifacts, but the best part for me, is that young people can learn about how those artifacts connect us with the people who left them behind. Those are the people whose names they’ll never see in a history book—people like you and me. So I hope you’ll come by our site and DIG! with us, talk with us, and (best of all) learn with us!