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Looking for an intership? The Anthropology Department at the University of Maryland, College Park hosts a blog listing updates, opportunities, and more for the department and alumni. See individual blog posts for more information.

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center NEH Workshops and Institutes
Dates Vary; Cortez, Colorado

The Mesa Verde region of the American Southwest preserves approximately 1,800 years of Pueblo Indian history—yet this history is too often left out of textbooks. Who creates America’s history and culture? How do we come to know and appreciate the depth of time, the people, and the cultures that comprise our American past and inform the present? Guided by Crow Canyon archaeologists, educators, and American Indian scholars, participants address these fundamental questions. Application deadline: See website

Archaeology Around Washington, DC


The regional archeology program for National Capital Region has launched a new web site that highlights archeology around Washington, D.C., and is geared towards the general public, kids, teachers and the historic preservation professional. Information about past and present archeology projects at national parks around the nation’s capital is presented through “virtual exhibits” and multimedia presentations. Teachers as well as children and their parents will find information about archeology, fun things to do, and how to get involved. Professionals will find reference materials, links to key laws and policies, and important contact information.

International Archaeology Day is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery. Every October the AIA and archaeological organizations across the United States, Canada, and abroad present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. You can find archaeology programs and activities taking place near you here. Or follow what's happening through the National Archaeology Day blog!


Our Digital Life: A University of California TV (UCTV) YouTube series

Our Digital Life, a new series from the YouTube original channel UCTV Prime, reveals how UC Merced researchers are using cutting-edge digital tools to help us visualize, research and learn about things we could previously only imagine. The programs incorporate vivid animations, simulations, and interviews with researchers in archeology, engineering, psychology and more to demonstrate how this technology is transforming the way we view our past, present and future - as well as ourselves.

Episode 1: The Past - Digital Archeology and History

It's easy to imagine how digital technology will influence our future, but what about our past? Discover how "cyber-archeologists" and historians at UC Merced are using cutting-edge digital tools to bring the past back to life in vivid, 3-D detail.


Episode 2: The Present -Cognitive and Computer Science, Our Digital Self

The second episode moves from the digital past to the present, where cognitive scientists and computer engineers at UC Merced are collaborating and using real time, 3-D motion capture technology to understand our complex behavior and how we use it to record and analyze the way we live. The researchers aim to build a digital library of human motion that will help construct lifelike human avatars for use in telemedicine, education and ways we've yet to imagine.


Episode 3: The Future - Teaching and Life-Saving Tools

The third and final episode shows how UC Merced scientists are developing digital technology to help visualize, research and learn about objects on the nanoscale. Using 3-D imaging usually reserved for Hollywood films, students and researchers are breaking new ground in the study of nanomaterials and how we use technology in the classroom and the lab to teach and train the researchers of the future.


Mount Vernon's Mystery Midden

Mount Vernon Ladies Association’s archeologists announced that the website for the Archaeological Collections Online Project – South Grove Midden is live. The two year project to analyze and digitize more than 120,000 artifacts excavated between 1990 and 1994 is directed by Eleanor Breen. It dates from the mid-eighteenth to the twentieth century, with the bulk of the assemblage deposited prior to the Revolutionary War.  

Progress of analysis of the Midden site can be followed on the weekly blog, linked to the Midden website and accessible by “liking” Mount Vernon’s Mystery Midden Facebook page.

Independence NHP Archeology Lab Designated Preserve America Steward

Michelle Obama has designated the Living History Center Archeology Laboratory at Independence NHP a Preserve America Steward, honoring their volunteer programs. Preserve America Stewards is a designation program that recognizes programs that have demonstrated a successful use of volunteer time and commitment in order to help care for our historic heritage.

The Archeology Laboratory at Independence NHP developed through a partnership between the NPS and the National Constitution Center (NCC), following one of the largest archeological projects in the history of the Service. Between 2000 and 2003 NPS archeologists directed excavations on Independence Mall. They recovered hundreds of archeological features and more than 1 million artifacts, dating from several millennia B.C. to the mid-nineteenth century. The intense local interest in the project fueled volunteer efforts. As analysis progresses, the emerging stories highlight yet untold aspects of local and national history, including those related to the formative years of the free African American community in Philadelphia.


The volunteer program was launched under the direction of the three professional NPS archeologists in 2007. Calculated at the current rate for NPS volunteer contributions, the LAB volunteer program is estimated to have saved the NPS more than $400,000, with total project savings expected to exceed $1 million by the time that the project is completed.


For more information about Independence NP and the LAB, go to




This web page created by the National Science Foundation (NSF) compares 'Reel' or movie archaeology with 'real' archaeology conducted by NSF researchers. NSF is an independent federal agency that promotes the progress of science and advances the national health, prosperity, and welfare, etc. To learn more about NSF, view this video.

Preserve America Grant Award   The Indiana State Historic Preservation Office (the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology [DHPA]) has been awarded a Preserve America grant for $180,454 to create an inventory of Indiana’s prehistoric mounds and earthworks.  The project will be conducted in partnership with archaeologists at several of the state’s universities and of other affiliations.  In addition to creating the inventory, this exciting project will develop a narrative report of findings and recommendations, and establish a webpage to educate the public. 

 Past • Horizons
A magazine for Volunteer Archaeology and Heritage Conservation

This new, on-line magazine offers articles plus recent news, a selection of volunteer projects, profiles of people in the field, crossword puzzles and cartoons -- even a 'Dig Cook's recipes used during fieldwork! The magazine employs the Digipage interface program which makes reading this online both easy and enjoyable! This magazine is the latest feature offered by Past Horizons, an internet 'Gateway to Archaeological Opportunities' and an 'Archaeology Tool Store' created by a to enable people, whether amateur or professional, to participate in archaeological projects around the world.


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Archeology Learning Lab established at Independence National Historical Park

The Independence Park Institute (IPI) at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania offers education programs that connect participants of all ages to the resources and stories of Independence National Historical Park. A new learning space has been created at IPI to house an Archeology Learning Lab for the  IPI's Archeology: History Found in Pieces program. This is a program geared for grades 5-12. Students take on the role of archeologists and piece together the stories of the buried past. Classes receive hands-on experience with replica artifacts and have the opportunity to see archeologists at work processing artifacts from the dig at the National Constitution Center site.

Current Archaeology Museum Exhibits

Upcoming Archaeology Lectures





Updated 6-24-2016