Individual / Small Group Hands-On Archaeological Experiences

Guided Archaeological Experiences for Individuals or Small Groups

Join ARI archaeologists for a fully guided hands-on archaeological experience at our excavation site in Lawrenceburg, IN.

Your experience starts at the ARI Base Camp where a staff member will give you an introduction to archaeology and some back information on the organization before you head out to the dig site.

At the Dig site you will be greeted by one of our staff and given a 15-20 min talk about our site, our research plans and background on the village and cultural time period. Then you will be taken on a walking tour of the village site and the ARI gardens, this gives additional background and insight into what life would have been like for the Guard Site villagers 1,000 years ago.

After your walking tour, you are teamed up with our staff archaeologists and you get to work in the excavation. You will be assigned your own dig kit and will help our team excavate, screen and bag artifacts.

How to Prepare:
Wear hiking clothes that can get dirty. Bring plenty of water & snacks. Sunscreen, hats, bug spray, sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended.

What’s Included:

– Site Tour
– Interpretation
– Access to the Learning Center


Wednesdays and Saturdays
9:00 AM and 1:00 PM

ARI Base Camp
424 Walnut St.
Lawrenceburg, IN 47026



Age Recommendation:

12 and Up


3 hours

Activity Level:

Active (kneeling, standing for long periods of time, etc.)


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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