What is Archaeology Week/Month?
Do you know anything 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 more than 37 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.
What can I do during Archaeology Week/Month?
Archaeology Week/Month 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 Month/Week activities include archaeological site tours, archaeological laboratory tours, lectures, flintknapping and mapping demonstrations, and sample excavation experiences. Learn more about Archaeology Week or Month in your state (listed by state).
How can I develop an Archaeology Week/Month in my state?
State Archeology Weeks and Months are designed to generate
understanding and support for archeology. The associated events
generally involve educational experiences for the public and
increasingly for 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. Tips for successful outreach to the public can help you plan local events.
What is the Archaeology Week/Month Poster all about?
The Archaeology Week/Month Poster is the central promotional device for publicizing State Archeology Week/Month programs.
The poster forms a main means of inviting citizens to
participate in and learn about archaeology, helping to promote archaeological stewardship. The poster can be mailed along
with other information on Archeology Week/Month to schools, businesses,
agencies, museums, and libraries. As part of this program of activities,
poster images might be used as bookmarks, as postcards, as fliers
and brochures, as advertisements in magazines, as banners for
billboards, and as T-shirt designs. Learn more about how to create an Archaeology Week/Month poster in your state.
What is the Archaeology Week/Month Poster Contest?
Every year since 1996, SAA has held a poster contest at the annual meeting. Learn more about the history of the poster contest. The winning poster designs are archived online. Learn how to submit your state's poster for the contest.