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 visit to a local archaeological site. Field trips will give students the opportunity to observe professionally trained archaeologists at work and to assist in the recovery of artifacts from a nationally important site. 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.

Our 2022 Research Site is the precontact Ayers 2 Site, Tioga County, New York.

Dates*: July 11-15, 2022. 

Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (there is a $25 late fee for for pick up after 4:40 pm)
Cost: $215 per Participant (no refunds after May 15, 2022)
Daily Activities take place on campus in the Science 1 Building.

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

All participants must adhere to University policies regarding masking. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the start of the program required to participate.


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. This trip will also provide the opportunity to learn more about the environment in which these sites were created.

The program will also travel to a local historically significant archaeological site currently being excavated by the Public Archaeology Facility where students will observe professional excavations. Participants will be able to assist in some of the tasks at the site, including screening for artifacts, note-taking, and site interpretation.