About Archaeology In The Community
Archaeology in the Community (AITC) was founded in 2006 by archaeologist and educator Alexandra Jones. Dr. Jones observed a need for urban youth to learn about archaeology and its connection to their communities’ history. Due to the disparities in the educational system, most urban youth lack exposure to archaeology. AITC aims to teach students the basics of archaeology while helping them also learn about their community’s history. The program acknowledges the community’s need to further empower youth by developing courses outside of the traditional classroom setting that align with the schools’ curricula.
The first program was four weeks long and run in conjunction with a DC Public middle school. The program, consisting of twice a week seminars and a mock excavation, quickly grew in popularity. The following year, in conjunction with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, AITC targeted its programs to high school students. In the summer of 2008, AITC worked with middle school students at Baltimore Community College as part of its “Kids ‘n College” program. In 2009, the organization incorporated in the District of Columbia, as a non-profit organization.
Archaeology in the Community (AITC) is an educational organization dedicated to fostering a greater connection between the public and the field of archaeology. AITC is a network of archaeologists, anthropologists, teachers, and volunteers working together to promote a greater understanding of archaeology’s important role—presenting all citizens with a greater knowledge of their past. Our educational and outreach endeavors make archaeology accessible to youth, schools/colleges, community members and community organizations though creative programs and community projects.
Goals and Objectives of the Organization