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!

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!

Friday Archaeology is Moving

Due to current flood conditions, our free Friday Archaeology program for K-3rd graders will be held in the gym at the old Kampsville school. Please join us Friday, June 7, 2019 from 10-11:30am for some learning and fun. All participants must be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know you are planning to attend by calling the office 618-653-4316. See you Friday!

Don’t Miss Out!

Application deadlines are approaching for several opportunities. Submit your applications now so that you don’t miss out!

2018 Golden Eagle crew hard at work.

See individual program pages for details, or send us an email f you have questions.