Guard Archaeological Preserve Grand Opening for Public Field Season is June 1st, 2024

Exploring the Past To Preserve the Future

At the Archaeological Research Institute (ARI), our primary objective is making archaeology – the study of the past people and cultures – and the associated knowledge accessible to all. Join us for an adventure back in time to learn about the people from the past.

Why Archaeological Research Institute?

When you’re at ARI, our team of dedicated archaeologists will lead you on an immersive and engaging journey to discover the people who walked here decades and even centuries before us. Dig into the captivating history of our region in a variety of ways: excavating in the ground, handling and analyzing artifacts in the lab, investigating ancient technologies, touring local cultural sites, and so much more! Together, we will weave the story of our local history, engage in research and collaboration, and contribute to the mission of preserving archaeological sites in the region.

The history belongs to all of us, and it is our job at ARI to put that history into your hands. Join us and discover the wonders of the past, which are at your fingertips.

Help Us Reach Our Goals

Donate Today!

Our organization, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, depends on the generosity of donors to fulfill our mission and accomplish our goals. By joining our cause, you can contribute to the preservation of regional archaeological sites and the invaluable cultural heritage they hold, ensuring their existence for generations to come. Take action now by making a donation and have a tangible impact on the preservation of our shared history.

Fort Ancient Augmented Reality Tour

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of the Guard Site, a local archaeology site showcasing the Fort Ancient village. Step into the enchanting realm of augmented reality and embark on a journey through time. Peel away the layers of history as you reveal the vibrant tapestry of life in the village over 800 years ago.

Upcoming Events

June 2024

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Want to get involved?

At ARI, we provide countless opportunities for you to engage in the preservation of archaeological sites and cultural heritage, ensuring their safeguarding for future generations.

Partner With Us

We strongly believe that a partnership with ARI will not only benefit your organization but also contribute to the advancement of archaeological research and the preservation of our shared history. By joining forces with us, you will become an integral part of a community dedicated to uncovering the secrets of the past and ensuring their preservation for future generations.

Ways to give

There are countless ways to support ARI's mission. We offer a range of opportunities for individuals in the community to contribute to the conservation of archaeological sites and cultural heritage. Whether you choose to donate your time as a volunteer, provide a grant to our organization, or sponsor one of our events, there are diverse avenues available for everyone to get involved.

Request Learning Materials

Recognizing the difficulty in accessing educational resources on archaeology, land stewardship, and cultural heritage, our team is dedicated to creating customized learning materials that align with state standards and cater to the unique learning objectives of your class.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our esteemed ARI members, sponsors, donors, partners, and supporters!

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