October is Archeology Month
Over 15 states celebrate archeology during the month of October. Why? For the sheer fun of it! Go to the Society for American Archaeology's state archaeology resource page to find out when your state celebrates archeological discovery.
If you want to learn about archeology, give an excavation a try, or just connect with others who share an interest in the past, a great way to start is by participating in a state archeology celebration. We’ve highlighted just a few states below, but there’s a lot more to see! There are celebrations throughout the year, so see what's happening nearby.
Want to learn about the amazing images that people have made on rock for thousands of years? Check out the Coso Rock Art National Historic Landmark in California. Need more? Visit rock images across the country.
How about a different kind of image, built into the land itself? Look for the marching bears at Effigy Mounds in Iowa. Find mounds and earthworks at Hopewell Culture in Ohio. Looking for something a little farther south? The Indian Mounds of Mississippi travel guide takes you south to explore for yourself this extensive earthen architecture. In Louisiana, visit the amazing site of Poverty Point.
Celebrate the human urge to explore! Follow the voyages of Samuel de Champlain in Maine and Massachusetts and along more of the northeastern coast.
Because it’s also Archeology Month in Virginia, take a look – and make a trip – to the Archeology of the Colonial Chesapeake Tidewater.
You know Independence Hall for its role in the birth of America and the Declaration of Independence. Did you also know the archeological stories there about a different sort of struggle for freedom?
To learn more online:
- Archeology for Kids introduces archeology's methods and practices to kids and others who want to have fun learning the basics.
- Explore the Public Benefits of Archeology to learn how ecologists, historians, forensic detectives and whole communities benefit from the special ways in which archeologists look at the world.
- Research in the Parks shows numerous examples of how archeologists work and what they learn in National Parks across the land.