Adult Experiences

Come explore alongside archaeologists as we investigate a local archaeological heritage site. Join us in the responsible and respectful excavation and exploration of past cultures. May through October, we are in the field excavating at a local archaeological site. If you’re more interested in an indoor experience, we offer laboratory and experimental archaeology experiences year-round. Let us help you define what archaeologists do, represent Native Americans as people with a past, and practice stewardship of our historical sites and natural resources.

  • Adult Lab Experiences
  • Adult Experimental Experiences
  • Adult Field Experiences
  • Adult Immersion Experiences

Adult Lab Experiences

Join ARI archaeologists in cleaning, sorting, weighing, and counting artifacts! In this experience you receive a tour of our lab facility, a brief introduction to archaeology and the site/culture we study, and hands-on lab experience working with artifacts that we have excavated during our field season. You could be the first person in 1,000 years to see a design on a piece of pottery, or to see the wear pattern on a stone tool!

How to prepare:

Wear clothes that can get dirty or wet, sturdy close-toed shoes, and do not forget to bring a sweater or sweatshirt- it can get chilly in the lab!

Pricing

$15 Suggested Donation

When:

Wednesdays & Saturdays
10am & 2pm

Location:

ARI Base Camp
424 Walnut Street
Lawrenceburg IN 47025

Age Requirement:

12+

Activity Level:

Easy – standing and walking on fairly level ground

Length:

1-2 Hours

Adult Experimental Experiences

Join ARI for a fully guided hands-on experimental archaeological experience at our excavation site or Base Camp 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 begin.

Experimental Archaeology activities vary by day and season. During your experience you will recreate or use a reconstructed artifact. Reconstructions are used to discover how they were made but also how they might have been used. It is hard to prove exactly how an atlatl was supposed to be thrown or how exactly to knap a knife but it is quite easy to tell when you are doing it wrong! Activities vary but include atlatl throwing, archery, crafts, bipolar reduction, flint knapping, gardening, lab activities, pottery, copperworking, elm bark basket making and more.

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.

Pricing

$15 Suggested Donation

When:

Wednesdays & Saturdays
10am & 2pm

Location:

ARI Base Camp
424 Walnut Street
Lawrenceburg IN 47025

Age Requirement:

12+

Activity Level:

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

Length:

1-2 Hours

Adult Field Experiences

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.

Pricing

$15 Suggested Donation

When:

Closed for the season. Check back soon for 2023 dates!

Location:

ARI Base Camp
424 Walnut Street
Lawrenceburg IN 47025

Age Requirement:

12+

Activity Level:

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

Length:

2-3 Hours

Adult Immersion Experiences

Our region is filled with human history… over 15,000 years of human history and this camp is your ticket to exploring local history and archaeology with a team of professional archaeologists.

Our Base Camp, located in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, is where we start exploring our region’s past. Our camp focuses on hands-on educational activities that are STEM integrated, where campers work side-by-side with professional archaeologists in the field and in the lab. Campers also learn to identify and cultivate native plants, visit other archaeological sites, hike local archaeological sites that demonstrate the concept of place, participate in experimental archaeology (like learning to use an atlatl and make pottery), learn about anthropology, and create their own research plans with a presentation to the public (ARI staff and field school students) at the end of the week.

Participants leave with an understanding of the career of archaeology and what archaeologists can learn from excavations, an appreciation of Native people’s history and place in society today, and the importance of preserving archaeological sites and natural resources.

How to Prepare & What to Bring: Wear clothes they 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, light weight raincoat.

Pricing

$280

When:

Coming Summer 2023!

Location:

ARI Base Camp
424 Walnut Street
Lawrenceburg IN 47025

Age Requirement:

12+

Activity Level:

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

Length:

Full Week Immersion