One Day Program
In our one day program, an archaeologist from the organization will host a workshop with students. Workshops are tailored to the age group of the participants and provide a general overview of archaeology. The program ends with an interactive mock excavation that introduces students to basic concepts in the practice of archaeology through hands-on learning.
The four-week programs are custom designed to meet the state’s curriculum requirements and teach local history. These programs focus on developing students’ understanding of archaeology and how it shapes community histories. The four week program provides learning experience through a series of lectures, interactive workshops, and development of a group project. All of the lessons and group work will be based on community histories local to each student group.
Students meet several times a week with professional archaeologists to learn about archaeology as a profession and a practice. They will learn how archaeology developed as a field, the many techniques used to gather archaeological data, and how that data is used to interpret the past. They will be taught to shape an historical narrative with archaeological excavations, research and laboratory analysis, and interpretation. This hands-on work gives them a chance to develop research and analytical skills while being introduced to a professional trade.
Similar to the four-week program AITC can custom create an archaeology program for high school students. This program can be designed as an afterschool or Saturday program. The custom program extends beyond four weeks and students gain a more in depth understanding of archaeology and the many specializations within the profession. In addition to learning how archaeology developed as a field, students learn the many techniques used to gather archaeological data, as well as how that data is used to interpret the past. The students will conduct research and develop a group project on a local archaeological site.
The Archaeology Club is held monthly in Washington D.C. Archaeology Club is for children ages 9-13 and is free to attend. The program will use workshops, hands-on demonstrations and field trips to teach students about archaeology as a profession as well as to build their understanding of community history.
Educational Seminar Series
Every third Saturday of each month, an expert gives an educational lecture on various topics; ranging from archaeological sites, historic preservation, history of architecture, to curation of personal collections. AITC’s past seminars topics include: The Hampden Community Archaeology Project, The Hidden History of a World War II Interrogation Center, and The Archaeology of Standing Structures.
College Workshop Series
AITC works with local universities to create professional development workshops for college students interested in pursuing careers in archaeology and anthropology. The workshops include resume writing and career preparation. The workshops are held at a local university in the spring and fall and are open to all university students. Check the schedule for upcoming events.