The Archaeological Institute of America’s (AIA) IAD 2013 will be held October 19 and celebrated throughout the month of October by over 150 collaborating organizations.
For the first year as International Archaeology Day about a dozen countries will also participate. In the United States alone, organizations from 45 states plus Washington, D.C. are hosting more than hundreds of events during the month of October to celebrate archaeology. Events held across Canada include those in the provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, the Northwest Territories, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. Other countries supporting IAD are Australia, Belize, Cambodia, Egypt, Ecuador, Germany, Iran, Jordan, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.
There is a wide range of events offered such as lectures, hands-on activities, workshops, conferences and symposia, demonstrations, and exhibitions. Such a variety of events allows everyone to find an event that fits their interests.
Explorers and nature-lovers should try the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology canoe trip on the Congaree River. During the tour, participants can learn about Paleoindian, colonial, and Civil War heritage in the area. A similar trip will be held in Massachusetts for New Englanders. For those interested in getting the scoop on ongoing excavations, the Archaeological Society of Athens is hosting a lecture in Vancouver explaining the past 10 years of archaeology done at the Petsas House in Mycenae.
The Traveling Museum of Oregon Prehistory will fascinate participants who enjoy demonstrations of prehistoric technologies and exhibitions of artifacts spanning 14,000 years. For money enthusiasts and those interested in workshops, “Archaeology of Money” will be hosted in Germany. At the international workshop, participants will discuss Eurasian money from prehistory to 20th century ethnographies. Pioneer Days and Indian Ways in Colorado is great for all ages, and will have learning stations on Pioneers and the Ute Indians, including an excavation station!
International Archaeology Day is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery. Every October the AIA and archaeological organizations across the United States, Canada, and abroad present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. Whether it is a family-friendly archaeology fair, a guided tour of a local archaeological site, a simulated dig, a lecture or a classroom visit from an archaeologist, the interactive, hands-on International Archaeology Day programs provide the chance to indulge your inner Indiana Jones.