Exploring the Past To Preserve the Future

Through hands-on educational experiences, we focus on the identification, preservation, and responsible scientific exploration of archaeological sites in Southeast Indiana, Southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky areas.

Why ARI?

Under the guidance of ARI’s team of archaeologists our visitors, interns, volunteers, and students of all ages have unique hands-on opportunities to explore our region’s rich history. We invite everyone to join us in exploring local archaeological sites, help us in our quest to preserve at-risk sites, collaborate with us in research, and support our mission to provide accessible, inclusive, and innovative approaches to educational programming.

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The ARI AR Experience

Experience the Fort Ancient Village located at the Guard Site as interpreted by ARI Archaeologists and Native consultations

VR Experience Coming Soon!

Upcoming Events

February 2023

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At ARI we strive to educate the public about archaeology in hope of saving more at risk archaeological sites.

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The Archaeological Research Institute (ARI) recognizes that the land we study and steward is the homeland of many peoples. We acknowledge the myaamia (Miami), Shawanwa (Shawnee), Peewaalia (Peoria), Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) and the multitude of nations who call this their homelands.  

ARI recognizes the violence inflicted upon the indigenous Nations of the Ohio Valley, including their forced removal following treaties such as Fort Finney and Greenville. ARI condemns the intentional destruction of their languages and cultures. ARI condemns the continuous discrimination against the living Native peoples throughout the United States.  

ARI recognizes that these peoples are not of the past, but are vibrant living nations. ARI recognizes that Native Americans are a diverse, resilient people with a deep enduring history worth knowing.  In that light ARI extends our respect to all Native peoples both past and present.  

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