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Adult Immersion Experience

Event Description:

The Adult Archaeological Immersion Experience at the Archaeological Research Institute (ARI) offers a unique opportunity for individuals aged 18 and older to delve into the rich human history of the region. Nestled in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the ARI Base Camp serves as the starting point for an engaging exploration of local archaeology and history.

The camp is designed to provide hands-on educational experiences with a strong focus on integrating STEM principles. Participants have the privilege of working alongside professional archaeologists both in the field and in the laboratory. This immersive approach allows campers to gain practical skills and knowledge while actively contributing to ongoing archaeological research.

In addition to fieldwork, the camp offers a diverse range of activities to enrich the learning experience. Participants learn to identify and cultivate native plants, visit other archaeological sites of significance, and embark on hikes to explore the concept of place in relation to archaeology. The camp also offers opportunities for experimental archaeology, where participants can learn ancient skills such as using an atlatl (a spear-throwing tool) and creating pottery.

Anthropology is another important aspect covered in the camp’s curriculum. Participants gain insight into the broader field of anthropology and its relevance to archaeology, expanding their understanding of human societies and cultures.

Throughout the camp, participants work on creating their own research plans, culminating in a final presentation to the public. This provides an opportunity to showcase their findings and insights to ARI staff and field school students, fostering a sense of accomplishment and reinforcing the importance of effective communication in archaeological research.

A core aspect of the camp’s mission is to instill a deep appreciation for the career of archaeology and its significance in understanding the past. Participants gain an understanding of the methods and techniques used in excavations and the valuable knowledge that can be gleaned from archaeological discoveries. They also develop a heightened appreciation for Native peoples’ history and their role in contemporary society. The camp emphasizes the importance of preserving archaeological sites and natural resources for future generations.

While the camp operates from 9 am to 4 pm each day, participants have the option to camp off-site, conveniently located only 20 minutes away from the ARI base camp. This allows for a fully immersive experience in a natural environment while maintaining proximity to the camp’s activities.

Overall, the Adult Archaeological Immersion Camp at the Archaeological Research Institute provides a comprehensive and immersive experience that combines hands-on archaeology, STEM education, anthropology, and an appreciation for cultural heritage. It offers a unique opportunity for adults to delve into the fascinating world of archaeology and gain a deeper understanding of our shared human history.

How To Prepare:

Wear clothes that can get dirty – long pants are recommended. Closed-toe shoes are required – sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended. Water bottle, snacks, small backpack with sunscreen, bug spray, lightweight raincoat.




September 12th-16th


ARI Base Camp 126 W High Street Lawrenceburg IN 47025

Age Requirement:


Activity Level:

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


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