Hi everyone! My name is Federico and I’m a student of Archaeology. I was born in Trieste, the city where I’m currently living in, and the reason I’m here today is to tell you about my Project, called “Around the World in 80 Digs”; but first, let me briefly talk about myself. Ever since I was a child, I’ve always loved the great journeys, the exploration quests and all kinds of adventures around the globe. While growing up, I was fascinated by these, in the novels I read or in the movies I watched. The stories about extreme life-experiences have always had a strong appeal on me: however, the most important to me was the one about Alex Bellini who, after finishing the two ocean voyages which made him famous all over the world, the first across the Atlantic whereas the second one across the Pacific, had come to my high school to talk about it. The way he described Life after what he had accomplished was the thing that struck me the most; furthermore, he added that this achievement had changed him more on the inside than on the outside, able to make him discover a deep and intimate human side he didn’t think he possessed.

By hearing of his deeds, I became obsessed with this kind of adventures, so much that it was in my interest to perform something similar. Unfortunately though, I had neither the financial nor the physical means to achieve it. Nevertheless, I did my best and in time I managed to find my own way. Since the beginning of my career in Archaeology, I have come up with some ideas: this is probably the right way to follow in order to pursue my great goal. Thus, I’ve come up with this project: “Around the World in 80 Digs”. It’s quite easy to describe: it consists in me crossing all the continents and passing by 80 excavations sites. The places I’ll go to will be the Americas, Europe, Africa, Oceania and Asia. This way I’ll be able to explore several typologies of excavations sites around the world: prehistoric, classical, medieval and even modern ones sometimes.

It won’t be something neither quick nor easy: it will be 15 years long approximately because the excavation campaigns, which are held during summer predominantly, are one month long each. Therefore, I will perform it very slowly and the economic sources needed will have to be many; I’m saving up some money already, but as of now it isn’t enough, because many of the Digs, especially those abroad, will have to be financed by my pockets, given that each requires a participation fee; almost all the Italian ones on the other hand are free.

All the excavation campaigns are going to be organized by Italian and foreign Universities.

What else can I say; I have simplified the project by dividing it into 8 distinct parts: the first one, for which I am spending much of my energy nowadays, is about 10 excavations campaigns between Italy and North America; for the remaining ones, you can look them up on the website.

To sum up, 8 parts with 10 excavations each: I will start with the first one, that will see me committed to 4 excavation campaigns in Italy, starting from July.

I’m here today to ask for your help, a financial contribute if you can (of any sort) for this project of mine. I’d like it to start this way, so that in time the project may turn into my job, my profession. I wish I could be able someday to live thanks to it, with its advertising; I hope that by making this experiment and by sharing my archaeological experience with you may one day enable me to render it a full-time job. I’d like to create a sort of “Web-reality” in which I am the main character and talk to you about what I do, by showing you pictures, making videos and writing articles about what I dig. Thus, I truly hope this whole thing may entice you and elicit you interests.

In conclusion, I’d really appreciate if you could provide me with an economic contribute, otherwise I would greatly thank you if you could just give me your support, show this video to your friends or if you could share the message conveyed in it, or simply the link to the website.

Goodbye to you all! See you in the next excavation.