The AIA works with archaeologists, educators, museum staff, and other specialists to create and compile programs and resources that you can use in your classroom or at home to explain what archaeology is, what archaeologists do, and how sites are discovered, uncovered, and interpreted. Resources include lesson plans and activities that can be downloaded and adapted for your use. Topics range from creating small-scale simulated digs to re-creating ancient costumes and hosting your own Roman feast.
Each October the AIA co-hosts an archaeology fair with Boston's Museum of Science. Fairs have a wide range of activities and demonstrations for attendees to enjoy, from learning about stratigraphy to mock digs and atlatl throwing! Several AIA local societies now host their own fairs, check our Events page to find a fair near you!
Many U.S. states designate a certain day, week, or month every year to celebrate and recognize local archaeology and history. During these periods, local archaeologists, educators, museum staff, and other specialists organize programs and activities for public participation.