Archaeological lab volunteers get the opportunity to do the secondary discovery of artifacts unearthed in the field. In the comfortable ARI lab, volunteers are asked to clean, sort, and catalog artifacts. In the lab is where the real archaeological work happens and where we need the most help! For every hour we spend in the field we spend three hours in the lab working with the finds. our staff archaeologists will be working alongside you to make sure you are correctly identifying items and cleaning them appropriately. No experience is required! We have all equipment and materials on-site, we just need your hands and sunny personality! All ages and skill levels are welcome!
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE INC
424 Walnut St, LAWRENCEBURG, IN 47025, US
To educate future and current generations about the ancient cultures of the tristate region through identification, preservation, and archaeological investigations of sites in this region.
ARI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution dedicated to research into Native American sites in the Indiana-Ohio-Kentucky region. Located in Indiana, ARI operates offices and labs in Lawrenceburg, IN, and is currently supporting excavations at the Guard site, a nearby early Fort Ancient Village, near the mouth of the Great Miami River. These excavations are conducted under the supervision of professional archaeologists, and there are three professional archaeologists with extensive experience in Fort Ancient studies on ARI’s board.
ARI was created by passionate local avocational and professional archaeologists that have witnessed the unfortunate destruction of many important and sacred prehistoric sites in the area. Sites that continue to be destroyed due to a lack of knowledge and appreciation of the rich and extensive history that exists in our region prior to colonial settlement. ARI’S passionate founding members felt that an organization that focused on providing educational opportunities to the public through hands-on experiences, literature, lectures, tours, a learning center, and other digital educational tools that an informed and appreciative community could be cultivated. Thereby resulting in better stewardship of our region’s cultural resources.