Experience Archaeology at the CAA

We are to happy announce that we are accepting applications for all CAA 2021 programs!

2019 ASUFS, REU, and HSFS crew at the German Site.

Field Schools

Three refitted pot sherds found at the German site (2019).

Internships & Scholarships

The German Site. (L) student-collected geophysical data, (R) house basin excavation unit


Flintknapped points by flintknapping workshop students.

Youth Summer Programs

Check out our full list of 2021 programs!

COVID-19 Update (1 May 2020)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all CAA programs through 31 August 2020 have been cancelled. Cancelled programs include:

We will offer all of these programs again in 2021.

We are still accepting applications for Fall programs, including the Fall Adult Field School, Past Lifeways, and Past Lifeways Homeschool Days until further notice.

These program cancellations represent a serious risk to the CAA’s future. Please support the CAA and our mission by making a donation today.

COVID-19 Update (1 April 2020)

The following CAA 2020 programs have been cancelled following the extension of the stay-at-home order in Illinois to 30 April:

Students enrolled in those programs have been notified. If you did not receive an email, let us know immediately at education@caa-archeology.org

We will have all of these programs again in 2021.

It’s Flood Season ☹️

Notice: Our museum will close at 5 pm on May 1 in preparation for significant flooding in Kampsville. It will remain closed until further notice. 

Other scheduled CAA activities and programs are unaffected at this time.

Floods are a fact of life when you live in a river valley. The Illinois River has been out of its banks for a few weeks now, though not enough to impact our buildings and programs. That is going to change during the next few days.

The National Weather Service is predicting the Illinois River will reach 37.5 ft by next week as measured at the Hardin, IL, gauge. That means the flood will enter the museum. Floodwater enters the museum around 36.5 ft.

NWS flood prediction, 1 May 2019. No fun.

This will be the fifth time the river has flooded the museum since 2013. We hope the prediction is wrong and the museum will stay dry. Failing that, we hope the flood is brief. As of this post, the prediction at the downstream Grafton gauge near the confluence suggests the rivers may drain relatively soon. But, we’ve been misled before.

In the meantime, no other activities or programs are cancelled. Enrollments are open for programs and limited scholarship funds are available. Don’t miss out!

The Center for American Archeology is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We depend on your generosity to fulfill our mission.

Please show your support by becoming a member or donating today.

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 arrived Friday. More will arrive this week.

There is a lot more to do to complete this project. Please help us reach our goal by donating and sharing our campaign.