Junior Field Experience

Kids 11 and under can enjoy their own excavation at the archaeological site. 

They are guaranteed to find artifacts. They will be using the same techniques that our staff archaeologists use in the main unit with visitors and volunteers (excavation, screening, artifact analysis), only in a controlled setting that can prevent damage to the archaeological features. The junior experience includes a nature walk around the archaeological site, talks with staff archaeologists over at the main unit excavation and hands-on work in their Junior Unit. Staff will guide them through the experience, but a parent or guardian must be present.

All required equipment, gloves, and learning materials.

No transportation included at this time. Parent or guardian must provide transportation to excavation site. Directions to site will be given to the guardian at the Base Camp at the registered meeting time.

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:

– All required equipment
– Gloves
– Learning Materials


Wednesdays and Saturdays
10:00 AM and 1:00 PM

ARI Base Camp
424 Walnut St.
Lawrenceburg, IN 47026



Age Recommendation:

5 – 11


1 – 2 hours


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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