Archaeology for Kids

Each summer, The Public Archaeology Facility's Community Archaeology Program (CAP) offers a week-long program focused on archaeology for kids entering Grades 5 and 6. The program is taught by professional archaeologists from PAF at Binghamton University. Students will learn about the science of archaeology through hands-on, interactive classroom projects, laboratory tours, outdoor activities, and a field trip. Students will also receive an “Archaeology for Kids” workbook full of important facts about archaeology and historic preservation. Additional activities include experimental archaeology, artifact re-creation, survey work with GPS, simulated site excavations, and many others. The level and content of the program can be modified to match the interests and abilities of each year's participants.

Dates: July 15th-19th, 2024. 

Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (there is a $25 late fee for for pick up after 4:40 pm)
Cost: $250 per Participant (no refunds after May 15, 2024)
Daily Activities take place on campus in the Science 1 Building.

*The session is limited to 16 students to ensure the best educational setting. Minimum number of participants is needed to run a session.


Participants will spend the first few days of the program learning about ancient cultures, archaeological concepts, practice fieldwork techniques, and learn about artifact classification and preservation.

Kids will take part in exciting activities in experimental and creative archaeology, including atlatl/spear throwing, pottery construction, and orienteering (activities will differ in each session if more than one session runs).

One of the program days will take participants out in the field to practice survey and mapping. We will explore local historic sites long-covered by vegetation, and learn how archaeologists survey sites using direct measurements, digital cameras, and careful notes, and handheld GPS units.