Teacher Training & Fieldwork Opportunities

Passport in Time (P.I.T.),
a volunteer program of the USDA Forest Service, accepts volunteers to assist with archaeological survey and excavation on national forest lands.  The P.I.T. website lists, by state and by date, projects that are currently accepting volunteers. You can fill out an on-line application. You also can sign up to receive the biannual newsletter P.I.T. Traveler that lists volunteer opportunities. For more information, email pit@sricrm.com or call 800-281-9176.


Crow Canyon Archaeological Research Center in Colorado offers a variety of archaeology education programs for adults, teens, and families.  Special courses for educators are aligned with national education standards for the social studies, geography, history and science. Crow Canyon offers one-week summer programs for middle school students and a three week summer program for high school students. Programs include    archaeological excavation, laboratory analysis, and southwest prehistory. Call 800-422-8975, extension 146.


Center for American Archeology in Illinois offers summer archaeological training programs for students 14-17 years and an adult research field school, which includes excavation and laboratory analysis.  Email caa@caa-archeology.org, or call 618-653-4316. 


Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center (MVAC), located at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, conducts research in the upper Mississippi River valley and offers archaeology classes and field schools for teachers and students. For more information, email christen.Bonn@uwlax.edu

Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s field school offers teachers an opportunity to excavate at Marana’s Yuma Wash site, where Native Americans of the Hohokam and Salado cultures lived between A.D. 750 and early 1400s. Teacher workshops and programs for children are also available. Contact Allen Dart, Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, P.O. Box 40577, Tucson, AZ 85717-0577; (520) 798-1201; email: aldart@oldpueblo.org.

Earthwatch Institute offers short term volunteer opportunities directly assisting scientists in the field. There are opportunities for both educators and students to participate in archaeological field expeditions, and both may apply for education fellowships to support their participation. Call 800-776-0188.


Project Archaeology is a national heritage education program of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, in cooperation with the Montana State University.  Project Archaeology workshops are conducted by facilitators who provide training and mentoring to local educators who wish to incorporate archaeology into their classroom teaching.  Workshop participants receive the Project Archaeology activity guide Intrigue of the Past, which targets grades 4-7, or the curriculum guide Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter (grades 3-5). Online courses are also offered. The Project Archaeology web site contains contact information for the national office, and for state coordinators.

American Foreign Academic Research (AFAR) was founded by an archaeologist and educator in the Flagler County, Florida Public Schools. This non-profit offers a Maya studies field school for high school students at the Maya sites of Cahal Pech and Baking Pot in the Cayo District of Western Belize.It is open to all high school students through competitive-- but non grade-based-- application process.

Archaeology Fieldwork and Laboratory Opportunities for the Public
Have you always dreamed about participating in a dig, or working in an archaeology lab mending an ancient pot? The web sites you will find here list current opportunities where you can get your hands dirty in archaeology.


Updated 11/30/11