Annual Fundraisers

Support ARI by becoming an event sponsor! We have several events throughout the year to increase public awareness about archaeology through fun, engaging, educational experiences. Our events attract a diverse population, spanning multiple states with our largest geographical demographic from local regions in SE Indiana and the Cincinnati metropolitan area. We serve people of all ages, educational and financial backgrounds, and physical abilities. Each year our reach grows, and we want to offer opportunities for local and national companies and organizations to show their support for issues that matter! Show your support and appreciation for cultural resources and archaeological site preservation by helping ARI to preserve local history 

Annual Events

September Archaeology Month Programming:
Ft. Ancient Forest to Table 

Overall Description: Themed weekends for the month showcasing how Ft. Ancient people would live a thousand years ago including weapon development, hunting practices, food vessel creation and the types of foods they would have eaten and cooking practices through live demonstrations and experimental archaeology experiences like atlatl throwing, pottery refitting and food tasting.  

September 3rd: Ft. Ancient-Mid-day Knapping
September 10th: Ft. Ancient- Atlatl Battle
Description & Offerings: During this weekend, ARI educates the public about the ancient practices of flint knapping with live demonstrations and free field experiences and guided trails.
Description & Offerings: During this weekend, ARI educates the public about ancient weapons and hunting practices. Visitors will try out atlatl’s and see live demonstrations.
September 17th: Ft. Ancient- Got Pots?
September 24th: Ft. Ancient- Ft. Ancient Food Truck
Description & Offerings: During this weekend, ARI educates the public about ancient pottery styles, offers pottery refitting and demonstrations of recreated pottery methods.
Description & Offerings: During this weekend, ARI educates the public about ancient food practices through food tasting and ancient cooking demonstrations.

October Archaeology Month Programming:
Spears and Beers Annual Competition

General Description: During this 1st Annual Beers & Spears Competition, participants will compete in an atlatl throwing competition to test endurance, strength, and accuracy. We will offer spectator tables and recognition opportunities throughout the months of September and October for sponsors. ARI will partner with local breweries, food vendors and wineries. Winners of the competition will hold the title until the final year and be awarded several prizes from local business owners including a Researcher Membership from the Archaeological Research Institute (valued at $300). The event will finish with a community game of Chunky (1400-year-old game). 

Event Sponsorship Opportunities 

Preserve Sponsor $1,000, you will receive:

  • Reserved Spectator Table and 8 Guest Tickets (Beers & Spears Event) 
  • Recognition as a Preserve Sponsor on event signage, banner, program & promotional materials, ARI website, and all social media accounts including (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, TikTok, and Pinterest), and quarterly newsletter 
  • Recognition during all events in September and October for Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio Archaeology months  

Research Sponsor $500, you will receive:

  • Reserved Spectator Table and 4 Guest Tickets (Beers & Spears Event) 
  • Recognition as a Preserve Sponsor on event signage, banners, program & promotional materials, ARI website, and all social media accounts including (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, TikTok, and Pinterest), and quarterly newsletter 
  • Recognition during all events in September and October for Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio Archaeology months  

Educate Sponsor $250, you will receive:

  • 2 Event Tickets & Reserved seating at Educate Sponsor Table (Beers & Spears Event)   
  • Recognition as an Explore Sponsor on event signage, program, promotional materials, ARI website, & Facebook  
  • Recognition during Beers & Spears Event 

Explore Sponsor $125, you will receive:

  • 1 Event Ticket & Reserved seating at Explore Sponsor Table (Beers & Spears Event)   
  • Recognition as an Educate Sponsor on event signage, program, promotional materials, ARI website, & Facebook  
  • Recognition during Beers & Spears Event 

To collaborate with us as an event sponsor, please indicate your desired level of commitment, print & complete the form below, and mail with your payment, to:  

The Archaeological Research Institute 
424 Walnut Street 
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025 

Or complete the Sponsorship application and submit your payment electronically HERE

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STATEMENT:

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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