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Archaeology is the only “time machine” we have. Archaeology tells us about people who left no written records and serves as a compliment to historical documents that may be incomplete or inaccurate. For many, the opportunity to learn about people who came before us is very limited or non-existent.

At Archaeology in the Community (AITC), our mission is to promote and facilitate public appreciation and understanding of archaeological heritage, specifically for those people who might never otherwise get the chance to learn about archaeology.

Thanks to the support of our generous contributors, we are able to take immediate action in our community in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland–and for the second year, we were able to share our programs internationally with students all over Belize. Your support made it possible to teach 800 school age children as well as 150 adults with the following programs

  • “Archaeologist for a Day” Community Programs
  • Day of Archaeology Festival
  • Landscape Archaeology Photo Exhibition
  • Art and Archaeology Workshop
  • Archaeology of Mixology Workshop

Our programs are free and customizable. We teach archaeology as a fun, innovative and hands-on method to inspire greater interest in science, history and the build understanding of community stories. We’re an affordable option for schools and community groups to give students further enrichment they can’t afford to provide themselves.

In order to keep our programs growing, we need your help. Your donation would directly fund our one-day afterschool programs, college professional development workshops, le12194964_10153603486406208_1002529374719966835_octures and festivals.

Every class AITC teaches is a unique enrichment opportunity that supports math, science, and social studies learning.

But we need your help to keep going.

Right now, with the need for our services far outpacing our funding, and new requests for programs are coming in every day. The need for your support is URGENT!

Please donate today.


Archaeology in Modern Landscapes Exhibit
Black History Museum & Cultural Center in Richmond, Virginia
Saturday, August 15 at 2:00pm
Free to the Public
Light Fare and Beverages will be served

Premiering in August 2013, Archaeology in the Community with local college students partnered to represent Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland’s rich archaeological history through their experience and photography. Students sought various buildings, locations, landscapes that have been or were currently being surveyed by archaeologists. Using digital photography, students captured these sites in ways they thought best represented the landscape’s story. The photographs were featured as the core focus of an exhibit along with student research on the archaeological and oral histories of local descendants.

This year’s exhbition will focus on Richmond, Virginia and exploring the history that is hidden among the modern landscapes.


Carpe DC Food Tours and AITC have teamed up to give you a chance to experience Washington heritage in a new way- through your appetite!   

Mary Collins and Stefan Woehlke started Carpe DC as an opportunity to share the diverse flavors of DC’s neighborhoods–a perfect vehicle to talk about the history and culture of the people who have made the District what it is today. As a 1-for-1 food tour, a portion of each ticket sold is donated to Bread for the City, a local non-profit organization that provides a suite of services to District residents. Now Mary and Stefan are extending their generosit to AITC!
AITC Benefit: U Street and Shaw Neighborhood Tour!
Join Carpe DC Food Tours on May 15-17th and a portion of your ticket will go directly to AITC! Use CODE: AITC2015 at checkout!

 The U Street and Shaw Neighborhood Tour describes the development of the neighborhoods from their early days as fruit orchards, through their glory days when they were known as Black Broadway, and the difficult decades following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the riots that followed.

The tours will start at noon at Ben’s Next Door on U Street. Tours include stops at 6 locally owned restaurants as well as visits to local landmarks.  Each walking tour covers 2 miles over approximately 3 hours.

 These stories and many more are told through food, architecture, history, and archaeology. Tickets are $68 for the food tour or $98 for food and alcohol.Remember, in addition to being a delicious and unique experience, this is a fundraiser for AITC!  Check it out and sign up here using code: AITC2015 

Cultural heritage can be defined as the legacy of tangible artifacts and intangible attributes of a society or group that is inherited from the past, maintained in the present, and passed down to future generations.


Martina E. Martin’s personal artifact using her own material culture and art processes

And it goes great with wine! 

Join AITC for an interactive workshop combining art and archaeology to celebrate the diversity of our individual and collective cultural traditions through the art-making process. Participants will combine found objects and personal artifacts that represent some aspect of the participant’s heritage and transform them into a lasting mosaic tile.

Celebrate your individual and collective cultural traditions! Combine found objects and personal artifacts (for example, orphaned earrings, kitchen utensils, buttons, screws, keys, etc.) and immortalize your material history!

  • Date: Sunday, March 29th
  • Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Location: Brookland Art Center (3305 8th St NE Washington, DC)
  • Price: $30 per person
  • Includes: materials, wine, and appetizersbtn_buynow_LG

Your artwork will then serve as a treasured keepsake that pays homage your own cultural heritage while fostering a greater appreciation for the field of archaeology.

Facilitators: Martina E. Martin and Lindsey D. Vance, Board Certified Art Therapists (ATR-BC) and Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC)



Here at Archaeology in the Community, we’re inspired by the people that we serve. Every day, they are digging deep to learn new things, thinking critically about the past and present, and launching thoughtful service projects to improve their communities.

Please consider giving to Archaeology in the Community today as we participate in #GivingTuesday– a national day of giving that kicks off the holiday season.

Created to follow the high-consumer days Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to giving back to the organizations you care about. So, even if you already participate in annual giving, this year please consider a gift to AITC on #GivingTuesday.

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We know our friends give in a myriad of ways throughout the year. For all the ways you represent AITC and provide support, THANK YOU! We wish you a wonderful, healthy, and joyous new year!  

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You’re invited to a holiday party for the history books! It’s a festive evening of fun and dancing, with great food and exciting people- all interested in archaeology and free education. Please join us and make this celebration a night to remember!

Saturday, December 6th 2014 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST
Chaplain Bar
1501 9th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

There will be complimentary food and drinks from 5-6 pm, so make sure you come by early!

Please consider a $20 donation via PayPal or at the door. In lieu of cash, we’re also accepting supplies from our Wish List, which we’re happy to collect at the door as well. We need:

  • Gift cards to Home Depot, Lowes or Staples
  • Printing paper          
  • Construction paper
  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners          
  • Children’s gardening gloves                  
  •  Plastic Dustpans     
  • ½ inch Binders    
  • Any item from our Amazon Wish List

We are happy to collect these items at the door! Please click the following link to RSVP. Register Now!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out via Twitter or We’d love to hear from you!

Thank you so much for your attention and response. We look forward to seeing them to our event.


Dr. Jones and the AITC team

Archaeology in the Community



In collaboration with the U.S. Embassy and Belize Institute of Archaeology, Dr. Jones, Director of AITC, is currently traveling across Belize discussing cultural heritage! Dr. Jones’ workshop series will inform and collaborate with customs officials, police officers, border patrol, tourism, environmental activists as well as the general public on the importance of cultural heritage protection to the people and economy of Belize.

Cultural heritage protection is so important, especially for Belize, because of rash of devastating cases involving the negligent destruction of archaeological and cultural materials, large and small. For example, in May 2013, it was reported that a 2,300 year old Mayan pyramid was reduced to rubble to make fill for roads.

Dr. Jones will be doing two-day and half-day workshops across Belize. Please see below for dates, locations and times. If you’re in Belize and want to learn more about cultural heritage and making archaeology a part of the community, please don’t hesitate to go! Dr. Jones would love to speak with you.


Also, catch Dr. Jones on Belizean TV! She was featured on Channel 7 as well as The Morning Show! We’re so proud that Dr. Jones is representing AITC and sharing our local message globally.


Dr. Jones in an interview on Channel 7


Dr. Jones with Belizean government officials on The Morning Show

Join AITC to celebrate Archaeology Day!
Activities include mending pottery, learning historic ways to make clay marbles, and exploring underwater archaeology through SCUBA. Meet the DC SPHO team, the fabulous ArchaeoVenturers and London’s own DigVentures! AITC will be posting pictures of the event to to share with the international archaeology community. We hope you can join us!
3260 R St NW
Washington, DC 20007
Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 1 – 3 pm