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This presentation by Šarūnė Valotkienė (Vilnius University Faculty of Communication and the Department of Archaeology of National Museum of Lithuania) explores what a collection of images of archaeological excavations taken between 1948 and 1968 can tell us about every day life in Lithuania. The collection includes diaries and memoirs of Lithuanian archaeologists and a set of images taken on-site and off-site showing people working, posing and carrying out a range of activities. At the start of the period excavations were taking place in difficult conditions, during the re-occupation of Lithuania by the Soviet Union after the second world war. Many of the participants in excavations were women and children as a result of deportations of men. Through the archives Valotkienė was able to talk about every day realities such as clothing, food, employment of local people and children from orphanages, tools and equipment, transport and the living quarters of the archaeologists. Despite the difficulties the archives show that life was good and excavations were social.