The Archaeological Research Institute is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization shaped by passionate local residents, avocational and professional archaeologists to impart appreciation for the rich archaeological heritage of the Greater Cincinnati area.

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.



Through real hands-on experiences at our excavations in the field, research in the lab and tour experiences, students of all ages are invited to EXPLORE local archaeology and the Native Cultures that came before us and that continue to this day.



Work along side archaeologists in the field and the lab. Become a certified volunteer to work alongside our senior archaeologist and bring archaeological stewardship to the community as you get your hands dirty in real explorations and research into the past.


Donate Today

As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, we need the help of donors to fulfill our mission and organization goals.

Building Fund

Help Us get to the $700,000 goal to build out our teaching lab, learning center and curation facility, and install our AR/VR experience area.

Scholarship Fund:

Contribute to Academic Scholarships, Internships in Archaeology and sponsor educational field trips.

Preservation Fund:

Contribute toward the purchase and preservation of at risk or relevant regional archaeological sites.

General ARI Fund:

Contribute toward general ARI operations and research.

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The ARI VR & AR Experience

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

Join ARI On an archeological


Join ARI on an interpreter led archeological Adventure exploring our local, regional or midwestern archaeological heritage sites. Adventures are led by certified interpreters and ARI archaeologists. 

Local   |   Regional   |    Midwest

Contact Us for details regarding future ARI Adventures


It’s not all fun and explorations at ARI, we are a research institute, and adding to the body of knowledge is a part of our mission. Catch up on our recent research, discoveries, interpretations and maybe read some Native literature. 

Field Notes   |   Academic Papers   |   Articles   |   Native Literature

Upcoming Events

December 2021

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