State Archaeology Celebrations

Do you know about the archaeology in your neighborhood? Town? County? State? Have you ever wondered if there are archaeological projects going on near where you live? The archaeological heritage in many states is celebrated each year during Archeology Week or Month by proclamation of the Governor. These celebrations are designed to generate understanding and interest in archaeology. Professional archaeologists, avocational archaeologists, and volunteers organize the activities, often with local sponsorships.

Participation

What can I do during a state archaeology celebration?

Archaeology celebration events include educational experiences for the public and increasingly for schools that promote the preservation of archaeological resources and illustrate the scientific process of the discipline. Typical Archaeology Week/Month activities include archaeological site tours, archaeological laboratory tours, lectures, flintknapping and mapping demonstrations, and sample excavation experiences. Learn more about archaeology celebrations in your state (listed by state).

How can I develop an archaeology celebration in my state?

State Archeology Weeks/Months are designed to generate understanding and support for archeology. The associated events generally involve educational experiences for the public and schools that promote the preservation of archaeological resources and illustrate the scientific process of the discipline. This annual event represents a major investment of archaeology's resources for targeting the public. Professionals, avocationalists, and volunteers organize these celebrations, expending considerable effort and planning. Local sponsorships are often critical to the success of such undertakings.

An informative summary of Georgia's Archaeology Month operations [PDF 171 KB] was written by Betsy Shirk, Past President of the Society for Georgia Archaeology. It includes synopses on funding, planning, poster printing, distribution, and publicity. For more information on the coordination of Archaeology Week/Month activities see State Archaeology Weeks: Interpreting Archaeology for the Public (National Park Service Technical Brief #15).