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. 


Junior Experiences

Join us in exploring our local past, learning about archaeology, understanding the importance of preservation and make your own archaeological discoveries. Open to youth ages 5 – 11. 

Adult Experiences

Join ARI archaeologists for a fully guided hands-on archaeological experience at our excavation site in Lawrenceburg, IN. Ages 12 +

Events and Talks

Hear from speakers and attend events that discuss archaeology as a science, common misconceptions, and the research that ARI conducts at the Guard Site in Dearborn County, Indiana.  

Clubs and Camps

Are you a student interested in archaeology? Join one of our clubs! Youth Archaeology Club, High School Archaeology Club and Summer Camp. 


Junior Groups

Groups of 12 – 25. Youth ages 5 – 11. 

Adult Groups

Groups of 12 – 25.  Ages 12 +

Class Field Trips

Join us in the field and be an archaeologist for a day!

Customized Groups

Work with our team to develop a customized group experience. 


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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