ARI Policies and Procedures

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Human Remains Statement

The excavation of human remains is not one of the research goals of the Archaeological Research Institute (ARI) and is avoided at all costs. We believe that human burials are sacred, must be respected, and should not be disturbed as a matter of course during our archaeological research. Each excavation project will include a human remains treatment plan as part of the research protocol. This plan will be tailored to accommodate the wishes of tribal consulting partners and to address the specifics of each project.

Anti-Racism Statement

Though ARI is a young organization, we believe that racism is a multifaceted problem and although it can be unintended or unconscious, that does not mean that it is not present. ARI wishes to avoid this unintentional inequity by developing our methods, practices and strategies to immediately challenge and educate on any issues that arise. At ARI, we purposefully challenge ourselves to understand, discuss and ultimately correct any inequities we discover. Racism is a dehumanizing practice to all that it touches, one we condemn in our organization and community.

Weather Policy

Weather in Southeast Indiana can be unpredictable. As we strive to make sure your experience with us is the best it can be, sometimes we do have to deal with the issue of inclement weather. Inclement weather includes thunderstorms, high winds, & electrical storms. If we cancel your trip due to any inclement weather issues, we will be in contact with you as soon as possible and work with you to either reschedule your trip, offer you an indoor experience in our lab, learning center, or issue a full refund. We do explore in light rain if it is not accompanied by thunder, lighting, or high winds. Please plan accordingly and bring rain clothes and water-resistant shoes/boots.

Inclusivity Statement

Here at ARI all are welcome to learn and be involved in archaeology and we strive toward this effort with all employees, visitors, initiatives and goals. At ARI All people from all backgrounds, ages, genders, religions, identities and professions are welcome to come join us at ARI in our journey to a brighter more informed future. 

Accessibility Policy

ARI is committed to ensuring equal access and opportunity to the public and in employment. We also commit ourselves to fully comply with ADA and other federal, state, and local laws. Any employees, volunteers, interns, students, or visitors who would like to request an accommodation should contact