National Archaeology Day, October 22, 2011

Boston, MA September 21, 2011 . . . In 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter peered through an opening in the doorway of a magnificent Egyptian tomb. When asked what he could see, Carter is purported to have said, “I see wonderful things.”

Long before Carter discovered King Tut’s tomb, archaeologists were traveling to the far corners of the world searching for such wonderful things. These explorers uncovered ancient worlds that were hidden and unknown, and in the process rewrote history. Today, archaeologists continue to make incredible discoveries that allow us to better understand and appreciate our ancestors and the material and cultural heritage that they left behind.

On October 22, 2011, the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and its 108 Local Societies invite you to join us in a celebration of archaeology and share the thrill of discovery during the first National Archaeology Day.

Elizabeth Bartman, AIA President, says “The AIA is excited to be sponsoring National Archaeology Day, a first-ever event that will bring people across North America together to celebrate archaeology. Our 108 local societies in the United States, Canada, and abroad are planning special programs for a range of audiences, whether kids and families for whom archaeology is something new and exciting or for students and adults for whom archaeology is something old and exciting! Please join us on what will be a terrific day of learning and fun.”

Throughout the month of October and on October 22 in particular, the AIA and its societies will present archaeological programs and activities in over 100 cities 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 programs presented by the Institute and our societies will provide you with the chance to indulge your inner “Indiana Jones.”

Each year thousands of people learn about the latest archaeological discoveries and share in the excitement of uncovering and rewriting history through the Institute’s varied outreach activities, publications, and websites. National Archaeology Day is a chance for you to join this larger community of archaeology enthusiasts to celebrate the incredible discoveries that continue to fascinate and enthrall us. On this day and during the month the AIA will also be promoting local and national archaeological resources and events to ensure that you stay informed and connected with our work throughout the year.

For those who cannot physically attend an event, the AIA is planning virtual participatory programs so that no matter where you are, you will be able to join in this nationwide celebration of archaeology.

The AIA, North America’s oldest and the world’s largest archaeological organization, informs people about archaeological discoveries through outreach activities, publications, websites, and professional meetings. Through National Archaeology Day, the Institute hopes to raise awareness of global archaeological heritage, and remind us all of the fragility of these irreplaceable resources.