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!


Flintknapping Workshop 2019

Despite the ongoing floods, the 2019 Flintknapping Workshop participants enjoyed a great week of learning an ancient craft. Creek walks, heat treating, percussion techniques, pressure flaking, and night time cook outs made for a memorable week of fun and learning.


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

Update: Archeology Day 2019 is cancelled due to flooding. We apologize for the inconvenience. Archeology Day will be offered again in 2020. We hope to see you next year.

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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Donate to the CAA

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