COVID-19 Statement (30 March 2020)

The Center for American Archeology is actively monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has ordered all Illinois residents to stay at home and for all non-essential businesses to cease until 7 April 2020 in order to combat the coronavirus outbreak . The CAA is complying with this order.

We do not know how the pandemic will affect our programs.

At the time of this posting, we are accepting enrollments for our programs in the hope that we will be able to have them. We are not accepting deposits or tuition payments at this time.

If you would like to attend a field school or other program, simply submit your enrollment and scholarship forms. Invoices for tuition payment will be sent once we are certain programs will occur.

In the event that programs are cancelled because of the coronavirus, refunds will be issued. Until that time, our standard refund policies are in place.

The deadline for the Women in Archeology Internship has been extended by ten days to give applicants more time to complete their applications and for recommenders to get their letters submitted.

Please note: Arizona State University has cancelled the ASU Kampsville Field School at the CAA. Students in enrolled in that program have been notified and should contact ASU with questions.

Experience Archeology in 2020

The Center for American Archeology is pleased to announce that enrollment is open for all 2020 programs!

Field Schools

Join us at the German site, a Late Woodland / Jersey Bluff (ca 800-1200 CE) habitation site in the Crawford Creek valley. Fieldwork in 2019 revealed several possible structures and associated features. Excavators recovered domestic artifacts, including chert tools, pottery, animal bone, and botanical remains. In 2020 we will continue to locate and excavate house basins and associated features in order to better understand Late Woodland communities in the Lower Illinois Valley.

The CAA offers partial scholarships for the High School and Adult Field Schools.

Women in Archeology Internship

The Women in Archeology Internship is a ten-week internship for women pursuing a career in archaeology funded by a generous grant from the Monticello College Foundation. Interns work with CAA archaeologists and supervise field and laboratory activities for our field schools. The application deadline is April 5!

Flintknapping Workshop

Enrollment is open for the 2020 Flintknapping Workshop with Tim Dillard. The workshop is a week-long class on all aspects of stone tool production such as percussion, billet and pressure flaking, tool forms, chert, quarrying strategies, and local geology. Participants go on chert collection trips and learn how to heat-treat their own chert. 

Archeology Day 2020

Join us for Archeology Day — 10 am-4pm on Saturday, July 18!

Archeology Day is our free open house for all ages. Learn about archaeology, the CAA, and over 10,000 years of Illinois River valley history. There are activities for all ages, including site tours of the our excavation at the German Site.

Check out our full list of programs!

Archaeology Friday Fun

Paleo Indian and Symbolism

Archaeology Fridays are a free education program for K-3rd graders. We do ask that you call in advance to let us know you plan to com 618-653-4316. The first two sessions welcomed a small but engaged bunch of Kampsville kids. Our first session theme was Paleo-Indian and Symbolism. We talked about the culture of the Paleo-Indian period including what it must have been like to live with mega fauna (mammoths & mastodons) and then talked about pictographs and how without words, symbols are important to share ideas. We finished by making our own art and a very common symbol found on rock walls around the world, hand prints.

Our second Archaeology Friday session theme was Early Archaic and Domestication. We talked about how the environment changed from Paleo-Indian period to Early Archaic and how the people changed their style of living. We talked about seasonal rounds, the practice of moving with the seasons to places where food and resources are available and then talked about domesticated animals. We know that the earliest domesticated dog burial dates back to this time period. The participants cut out pictures of animals and made collages for domestic and wild animal categories. To have a little outdoor fun, we threw spears outside with and without the atlatl a tool known to have been used for hunting during the Early Archaic time period.

Eco Adventure Day Camp will be Cancelled

Due to the extreme flooding in Calhoun county, we will be cancelling the Eco Adventure Day Camp for both June and July.

All of our other programs are still open! We will still have all field schools including High School Field School, Adult Field School, and the ASU Field School as well as our REU program.

In addition, Friday Archaeology, a free program for K-3rd graders, will still be held. The location has moved to the old Kampsville school instead of the Museum.

Please call 618-653-4316 to sign up for Friday Archaeology or get further details on our other programs.