IAD Build Your Own Monument Challenge

Build Your Own Monument

Looking for fun ways to pass the time at home?  The Archaeological Institute of America challenges you to build your own monument! This year’s theme, “pick your own monument” allows you to reconstruct an archaeological wonder from anywhere in the world.

We invite you to try your hand at replicating some of the most iconic archaeological sites of all time. There will be separate competitions for youth, families, and adults and considerations will be made for the sites that are the most realistic and/or use the most original materials. We also encourage edible submissions! 

So, dig into your pantries or arts and crafts supplies and let your creativity shine! Winners will receive a subscription to ARCHAEOLOGY magazine.

See the 2022 Winners.


Photography Tips: Try to an include an object in your photo as a scale so we can get a sense of how big your monument is. And don’t forget to include #BuildYourOwnMonument when sharing your work on social media!


Deadline: March 31

Online Voting: April 4-10

Past Results



Meet our celebrity judge: 

Ben Thomas

Ben Thomas is the Director of Programs for the Archaeological Institute of America and an Associate Professor in the Liberal Arts program at Berklee College of Music. He and his family have had three black labs and they have all been named after volcanoes!

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