What is International Archaeology Day?
Join as a Collaborating Organization
What Kind of Event should I Organize?
Listing Your Event on the International Archaeology Day Calendar
Submitting Blog Articles
Google Earth Layer
International Archaeology Day is a day for organizations around the world to raise awareness of archaeology and provide opportunities for the public to participate in archaeological activities. Above all, International Archaeology Day is a celebration of archaeology and emphasizes the idea that archaeology is everywhere.
Collaborating Organizations agree to hold events and/or promote International Archaeology Day to their members. Collaborating Organizations will be listed on the International Archaeology Day website.
Since 2018, all organizations sponsoring qualifying October IAD events have been automatically listed as collaborating organizations once they add their event to the calendar. If you are not ready to post your event or you will be collaborating by assisting with publicity and promotion or in another manner, you can still get your organization’s name added to the Collaborating Organizations page now by filling out the Collaborating Organization agreement form.
There are no limitations on the types of archaeology themed events that can be held in conjunction with International Archaeology Day, though events that are open and advertised to the public are preferable. Popular events include: archaeology fairs, lab open houses, classroom visits, special tours of museums or sites, symposia, conferences or meetings, student presentations, and lectures. See past events for more ideas.
A centralized calendar listing all events (on www.archaeologyday.org) will be maintained by the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). All programs designated as an International Archaeology Day event may be listed on the calendar. To list your event, go to archaeological.org/events/community/add and be sure to select “Archaeology Day” as your event type.
Note: Events must be approved by a moderator before they appear on the website. Events will be approved within 2 business days.
A lively International Archaeology Day blog will help raise the profile of the event and encourage participation. Collaborating Organizations may provide articles announcing events and significant updates to listed events. They are also required to provide a follow-up report post-event. Articles should be e-mailed to Ben Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Blogs should adhere to the following formatting rules:
In order to expand the reach of International Archaeology Day, the AIA created online participation opportunities. In 2014 we began ArchaeoMadness and past activities have also included an online scavenger hunt and the introduction of a Google Earth layer showing popular archaeological sites throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Similar activities were organized for 2018, but if you have suggestions for other digital initiatives, please contact AIA Director of Programs Ben Thomas (email@example.com). Major additional components may depend on the AIA procuring a digital sponsor for International Archaeology Day.
On International Archaeology Day 2011 the AIA unveiled a new Google Earth layer showing popular archaeological sites throughout the U.S. and Canada. We then asked the public to send us suggestions for other sites to be included on the map. In the future, we plan to release an expanded and enhanced map of sites in the U.S. and Canada based on the submissions we receive. Please note that all locations must be publicly accessible.
In addition to www.archaeologyday.org and the International Archaeology Day Blog, International Archaeology Day has a Facebook page ) and is on Twitter @ArchaeologyDay. Be sure to use the hashtag #IAD2019 when tweeting about International Archaeology Day!
Partnering with the AIA offers an amazing opportunity to market your brand to an audience of over 4 million archaeology enthusiasts through our website and membership tools. Opportunities are still available for International Archaeology Day 2019. Sponsors will be listed prominently on the International Archaeology Day website and in associated promotional materials.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of sponsorship, please contact AIA Director of Programs Ben Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sponsorship opportunities include:
Lead Sponsorship is an incredible opportunity to promote your brand to an audience of millions! Contact AIA Director of Programs Ben Thomas (email@example.com) for details.
International Archaeology Day 2019 will surpass last year’s participation of approximately 150,000. Due to the public nature of the event, International Archaeology Day will provide incredible local news coverage opportunities.
There are several levels of media coverage ranging from feature article coverage, to social media and blog coverage, to pro bono ad placement for International Archaeology Day and one-time use of email lists. Please contact AIA Director of Programs Ben Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information on how to become a Media Sponsor.
Virtual participation greatly expands the scope and breadth of International Archaeology Day and truly opens up the event for everyone and anyone to participate. Digital Sponsors underwrite the costs to add new online components to the celebration—this could include the scavenger hunt, downloadable apps, video and podcasts, virtual Q & A with professionals, and much more. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a digital sponsor, please contact the AIA Director of Programs Ben Thomas (email@example.com).
International Archaeology Day is expected to grow annually and promotional materials make the event more fun for participants and help propel growth. Promotional Materials Sponsors pay for the production and distribution of materials to participants and will have their name or logo included on the product they are supporting. If you are interested in becoming a promotional materials sponsor, please contact the AIA Director of Programs Ben Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the AIA Programs Department.