The Junior Experimental Archaeology experience at the Archaeological Research Institute (ARI) is designed for youth ages 5-11 who have an interest in archaeology and hands-on learning. The experience takes place at the ARI Base Camp located in Lawrenceburg, IN.
Upon arrival at the Base Camp, participants are greeted by a knowledgeable staff member who provides an introduction to archaeology and gives an overview of the ARI organization. This introductory session aims to familiarize the young archaeologists with the field of archaeology and its importance in understanding past cultures.
The main highlight of the Junior Experimental Archaeology experience is the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities involving the recreation or use of reconstructed artifacts. These reconstructions allow participants to gain insights into how ancient instruments were made and how they might have been used in different contexts.
The specific activities offered during the experience vary, providing a diverse range of experiences for the young archaeologists. Some of the activities may include:
These activities and more provide an immersive and educational experience, allowing young participants to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for archaeology and the ancient world. The Junior Experimental Archaeology experience at ARI encourages curiosity, hands-on exploration, and fosters an understanding of how people in the past lived and interacted with their environment.
Wear hiking clothes that can get dirty. Bring plenty of water & snacks. Sunscreen, hats, bug spray, sturdy shoes, or hiking boots are recommended.