In 2010, the BBC reported that it cost the UK Government £105 million over three years to create and run one of its websites, businesslink.gov.uk. Most archaeologists, regardless of affiliation, academia, charity, commercial and even government, do not have £105 million available to them for digital engagement. It is safe to assume that no archaeology project has ever spent £105 million on a website. So how do we, as archaeologists, provide digital engagement to the public and each other on shoe string budgets? This paper looks at some of the success stories of archaeologists creating websites on shoe string budgets. It also examines some the increasingly complex capabilities that these budget websites can provide.
University of Edinburgh