Archeology Day

Saturday, July 17, 2021
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.

Archeology Day guests help screen soil from the excavation at the Kamp House.

Events & Activities

Check in at the Buikstra Archeological Laboratory, formerly the Kampsville Grade School, located on Route 100, for a schedule of activities and event map. Activities will be located around town. Planned activities/events include:

Gerrit B. and Jane E. Buikstra Archeological Laboratory
(Old Kampsville Grade School)

  • Lectures — Thornton Lecture Hall
    • 11:00 am — Dr. Jane Buikstra — Phaleron: On Their Backs Democracy Was Built
    • 1:00 pm — Kathy DickersonAmerican Indian Culture (Kiowa)
    • 2:00 pm — Susan Bostwick — Ancient Pottery Making: A Journey
  • Archeology Day maps
  • CAA Gift Shop

Flotation Laboratory

  • Flotation sample processing
  • Artifact washing
  • Ceramics & Coil pot making

CAA Main Office (Kamp Mansion)

  • Experimental Archeology
  • Flintknapping
  • Baskweaving
  • Weaaving & Ropemaking
  • Archeology Lab fo Kids
  • Pictographs
  • Tree House Wildlife
  • IDNR Fishing Trailer

Kampsville Park

  • Archery & bow making
  • Atlatl / Spear throwing
  • Games

German Site at the McCully Heritage Project

  • German Site Excavation Tours
  • McCully Heritage Project
  • Artifact Identification
CAA Legacy and Archeology Day demonstrator Larry Kinsella demonstrates stone tool-making for guests

Location — Center for American Archeology, Kampsville, IL

Kampsville is located on Highway 100 in Calhoun County, Illinois; it takes approximately 90 minutes to reach us from either St. Louis, MO or Springfield, IL.

Use the map below to plan your route. The route on the map begins at Alton and is routed through Carrollton so that you arrive at the ferry. Click the map and enter your own starting point to get the best directions for you.

Painted gourds drying in the sun on Archeology Day.

For additional information, email or call 618-653-4316