High School Archaeology Camp

Brush away the dirt to uncover a piece of ancient pottery—and be the first person to touch that artifact in nearly a thousand years. Work alongside archaeologists, learning from them as you excavate, map, and document your finds. Every summer at Crow Canyon, teens join our research team in southwestern Colorado, helping to discover the history of the ancestral Pueblo people of the Mesa Verde region.

At this science and history camp, high school students learn excavation and lab techniques by working alongside our archaeologists in the field and in the lab. You’ll excavate at an archaeological site inhabited by ancestral Pueblo people nearly 1,000 years ago. You’ll also wash, catalog, and analyze ancient artifacts in the lab. It's an authentic, hands-on introduction to archaeology that will give you unforgettable memories and a resume booster for the future.

At archaeology camp, you'll also learn about American Indian cultures past and present. You'll explore the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. And you'll have the opportunity to try your hand at ancient technologies, like weaving, throwing wooden spears with an atlatl, and making fire with a bow drill.

In 2015 USA Today named our archaeology summer camps one of the 10 best adventure camps for kids.

Educational Focus

  • Introduction to archaeology and Pueblo history
  • Science, technology, engineering, math, and critical thinking

Incoming high school freshmen through graduated seniors; must be 14 years old by program start date.


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