YOUTH EVENTS

Egypt  

Students entering grades 4–6

Learn about mummies, pyramids, and the people who lived in Egypt at the time of the pharaohs! Hands-on activities will include making a mummy case and mask, and writing a message in hieroglyphics. Cancellations prior to June 28 will receive a full refund minus a $40 cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellations after June 28.

  • Date: Mon., July 15, 2019
  • Time: 9 am–3 pm
  • Location: 312 Wimberly Hall, UWL
  • Age: Students entering grades 4-6
  • Fee: $80
  • Note: Bring a lunch, drink, snacks, water bottle

Introduction to Archaeology

Students entering grades 5–9

Explore MVAC’s Archaeology Lab and work with artifacts recovered from area excavations as an introduction to the science of archaeology. Discover how the first Native Americans in Wisconsin survived using the area’s natural resources. Students must take this class in order to attend the Middle School Field Experience. This program takes place in the classroom. It does not include excavation activities. Cancellations prior to June 28 will receive a full refund minus a $40 cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellations after June 28.

  • Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  • Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Location: 312 Wimberly Hall, UWL 
  • Fee: $80
  • Note: Bring a lunch, drink, snacks, water bottle

Middle School Field Experience

Students entering grades 5–9

Take your excitement for archaeology into the field! Students who have taken MVAC’s Introduction to Archaeology class in the past can join a La Crosse area project. Participants will work alongside professional archaeologists in the field. Activities may include shovel testing or small-scale excavations. Weather may require alternate activities. Cancellations prior to June 28 will receive a full refund minus an $80 cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellations after June 28.

  • Dates: Wednesday–Thursday, July 17–18, 2019 
  • Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Location: 312 Wimberly Hall, UWL 
  • Fee: $200
  • Note: Bring a lunch, drink, snacks, water bottle, insect repellent, sunscreen. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes that can get dirty. 
  • Prerequisite: MVAC's Introduction to Archaeology class

MULTI-AGE EVENTS

Public Archaeology Field Schools (3 and 5 day experiences)

High School & Adult

This multi-day field and lab experience is a well-rounded opportunity for those who want to learn about the process of archaeology. Work alongside professional archaeologists on an actual archaeological excavation and survey work. Lab work may include washing and sorting ceramics, stone tools, and other remains. An experimental archaeology component may explore making stone tools and using an atlatl (spearthrower). Optional lab hours and local field trips will be available after regular field school hours. No previous experience is necessary.

This experience is open to high-school students through adults. Fee includes a one-year MVAC membership. Supervised dorm facilities are available for high-school students at an additional cost of $225 for 3 days and $335 for 5 days. Cancellation prior to June 14 will receive a full refund minus a $100 cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellations after June 14.

Three-day experience:

  • Dates: Monday–Wednesday, July 15–17, 2019 
  • Time: July 15: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; July 16–17: 7 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Location: 3110 Student Union, UWL 
  • Fee: $350

Five-day experience:

  • Dates: Monday–Friday, July 15–19, 2019
  • Time: July 15: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; July 16–19: 7 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Location: 3110 Student Union, UWL 
  • Fee: $500

 

MVAC scholarships: 

Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center may be able to offer several students financial assistance to attend our MVAC youth programs. Scholarships will be awarded based on interest in archaeology, financial need and grade point average. Applications are due by June 1. For information about receiving youth financial assistance call 608.785.8454 or jdowiasch@uwlax.edu.