About Should Be Digging

Photographing the World’s Oldest Places with Jesse Stephen



You have to know the past to understand the present.

Carl Sagan

Welcome to Should Be Digging, a collection of photographs from archaeological sites around the world.

You can’t show up at Stonehenge and put a hole in the ground (well, probably not without creating an international incident). But you can make the journey, enjoy the view, and dig into human history  – using your camera.


Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there.

Richard Feynman


Trying to dig into the past, whether in the dirt or just by looking, demands imagination. At the end of the day, no matter how we do it, we have to build a picture in our heads of times gone by in order to arrive at any kind of understanding.

The views are important, I think. One of the reasons archaeological sites are special is because they connect us to a magnitude of human existence spanning hundreds of thousands of years that is – in many ways – invisible. But certain places let us catch glimpses of this awesome past, if you know how to do it. We can plant our very own two feet in locations (or walk along routes) where time becomes a peculiar dimension indeed.

This is an important aspect of knowing what it means to be human, a perspective that’s out there for all of us. And you don’t even have to pick up a trowel or drop into a trench to dig it.



The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.

Albert Einstein

The search for answers to all that has happened before us is a beautiful journey with no end in sight. Here’s to continued understanding of our common human heritage, now some 200,000 years strong. Thanks for visiting and see you out there.

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