Center for American Archeology

The Center for American Archeology pursues a mission of education, research, and public service in archeology.

Arizona State University Field School students excavating 1×2 m unit.

Since 1953, we have engaged in archaeological research, education, stewardship, and public service to share the discovery and untold stories of North America’s past through innovative programs for all ages.

Excavation at the Koster Site

Experience archaeology for yourself in Kampsville with the CAA!

News

Jane Buikstra Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences!

Congratulations to Jane Buikstra on her election to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences! Jane is a member of the 239th class of new members being recognized for their achievements in science, the arts, government, and other fields. She will be inducted October 11-13, 2019 at in Cambidge, MA. The Academy was founded …

Archaeology Adventures with Metro East Montessori

Metro East Montessori visited the CAA Museum to learn about archaeolgoy and prehistoric people. They participated in our new program for students in K-3rd grades, Archaeology Adventures. The students had a lot of fun grinding corn and playing Native American games. It was still quite chilly so we focused on indoor games and they each …

Kitchen Update

Our GoFundMe campaign to build a new kitchen in the Kampsville School building is underway! We’ve raised over $3380 so far. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far to support our campaign to build the new kitchen! We’ve started some of the plumbing and electrical work, and we’ve ordered equipment. The sink is …

Programs

Adult Field School student screening dirt at Golden Eagle.

Are you ready to experience archaeology? The CAA offers educational archaeological experiences for all ages, including school group programs, scouts, and opportunities to join our field crew.

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Archeology Day

Saturday, July 13, 2019
10 am-4 pm

Archeology Day guests learn to shoot a bow.

You’re invited to spend a day exploring the fascinating 12,000-year history of west central Illinois through fun, hands-on activities, informational exhibits, and presentations about the current research being done by CAA archaeologists.

All ages are welcome! Archeology Day is a family-friendly event.

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Make a one-time gift to the CAA and support our mission of archaeological education, research, and public service.