Archaeology in Your Area

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Can YOU dig it?

Do you want to try your hand at archaeology? If you want to contribute to the exciting research happening across the country, there are several ways to get involved. The US Forest Service Passport in Time (PIT) welcomes volunteers to participate in professional archaeological and historic preservation projects, as do several other nonprofit organizations. Here are just a few: 

If you are looking for an archaeological field school opportunity, shovelbums is a favorite resource for the professional and student alike:  http://shovelbums.net/index.php/view-field-schools

Or if you want to get involved in your state, scroll down this page and  check out the state-by-state list we've put together of state archaeological organizations that can provide you with local information about laws, the latest finds, and volunteer opportunities near you.


Dig into History with Some Armchair Archaeology

Want to follow the latest archaeological discoveries from home?  Keep up with the latest archaeological happenings like the professionals do! In addition to scholarly journals, there are archaeological organizations that publish cutting-edge archaeological research accessible for a lay audience:

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) provides grants, information about international fieldwork opportunities, and publishes the magazine Archaeology.  http://www.archaeological.org

The Archaeological Conservancy publishes the magazine American Archaeology and works to preserve threatened archaeological sites on private land.  http://www.archaeologicalconservancy.org


Putting the site in your sight!

8-scope-thumb-550x339-270.jpg Follow professional archaeological organizations such as the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) and the Society of American Archaeology (SAA), which provide online resources for public archaeology and educational outreach:

The Society for Historical Archaeology  http://www.sha.org/unlockingthepast/links.htm#education

The Society of American Archaeology  http://www.saa.org/publicftp/PUBLIC/home/home.html

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) has an interactive website featuring information about careers in anthropology careers, including profiles of working anthropologists.  http://www.thisisanthropology.org/index.cfm

State archaeological societies are also great to join.


Spread the Word!

Are you an educator looking for some quality archaeology lesson plans to take into the classroom?  Go to PBS Learning Media  for more than 3000+ lesson plans and activities.  You’ll find the ones on archaeology here: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/search/?q=Archaeology

Additional Resources:

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/

http://archaeology.mrdonn.org/lessonplans.html

http://www.archaeological.org/education/lessonplans

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~prehistory/aegean/


Sites in Your State:

If you are interested in learning more about archaeology in your state below is a list of archaeological societies and associates, which promote the ethical practice of archaeology.

AL     http://www.alabamaarchaeology.org

AK    http://www.alaskaanthropology.org

AZ    http://www.azarchsoc.org

AR    http://www.arkarch.org

CA    http://www.scahome.org

CO    http://www.coloradoarchaeology.org

CT     http://www.cttrust.org/index.cgi/153

DE    http://www.delawarearchaeology.org

DC    http://www.uiowa.edu/~osa/nasa/in/districtofcolumbia.html

FL     http://www.fasweb.org

GA    http://thesga.org

HI     http://www.hawaiianarchaeology.org

ID     http://history.idaho.gov

IL      http://www.tocynbro.com/ARCHAEOLOGY/illarch.htm

IN     http://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/2781.htm

IA     http://www.uiowa.edu/~osa/IAS/iashome.htm

KS    http://www.kshs.org/portal_archeology

KY    http://history.ky.gov

LA    http://www.laarchaeology.org

ME   http://mainearchsociety.org

MD   http://www.marylandarcheology.org

MA   http://www.massarchaeology.org

MI    http://www.miarch.org

MN   http://www.miarch.org

MS   http://www.msarchaeology.org

MO   http://associations.missouristate.edu/mas/default.htm

MT   http://www.mtarchaeologicalsociety.org/index2.html

NE    https://sites.google.com/site/webnas/

NV    http://www.nvarch.org

NH    http://www.nhas.org

NJ     http://www.asnj.org

NM    http://www.abqarchaeology.org

NY    http://www.buffalostate.edu/anthropology/nysaa.xml

NC    http://rla.unc.edu/ncas/Index.html

ND    http://history.nd.gov/index.html

OH    http://ohioarchaeology.org/joomla/

OK    http://www.ou.edu/cas/archsur/oas/

OR    http://www.oregonarchaeological.org

PA    http://pennsylvaniaarchaeology.com

RI     http://proteus.brown.edu/aianarragansett/Home

SC    http://www.assc.net

SD    http://home.earthlink.net/~s_d_a_s/

TN    http://frank.mtsu.edu/~kesmith/TNARCH/index.html

TX     http://www.txarch.org

UT    http://www.utaharchaeology.org

VT    http://www.vtarchaeology.org

VA    http://asv-archeology.org

WA  http://washingtonarchaeology.org

WV   http://cwva.org

WI    http://www4.uwm.edu/Org/was/

WY   http://www.wyomingarchaeology.org


For more information in your state, contact the state archaeologist in the State Historic Preservation Office.  For a list of all offices see: http://www.nps.gov/nr/shpolist.htm

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