Archaeology workshops

YOUTH EVENTS

Experimental Archaeology

Students entering grades 4–6

Learn how stone tools were made and how Native Americans used them. Take a nature hike through the marsh to explore food, shelter, and tools Wisconsin’s first people could have used. Try playing the chunky game and making pottery. Cancellations prior to June 29 will receive a full refund minus a $40 cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellations after June 29.

  • Date: Mon., July 13, 2020
  • Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • 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 29 will receive a full refund minus a $40 cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellations after June 29.

  • Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
  • 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 29 will receive a full refund minus an $80 cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellations after June 29.

  • Dates: Wednesday–Thursday, July 15–16, 2020
  • 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 15 will receive a full refund minus a $100 cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellations after June 15.

Three-day experience:

  • Dates: Monday–Wednesday, July 13–15, 2020 
  • Time: July 13: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; July 14–15: 7 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Location: 3110 Student Union, UWL 
  • Fee: $350

Five-day experience:

  • Dates: Monday–Friday, July 13–17, 2020
  • Time: July 13: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; July 14–17: 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.