International Archaeology Day (IAD) is a celebration of archaeology and its contributions to society. Every October the Archaeological Institute of America and archaeological organizations around the world present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. Whether it is a family-friendly archaeology fair, a guided tour of a local archaeological site, a simulated dig, or a presentation from a visiting archaeologist, the interactive, hands-on IAD programs provide a chance to uncover the past and experience the thrill of discovery.

Join us in celebrating International Archaeology Day by attending a free expo to learn, explore, and experience archaeology first hand from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Meet professional and avocational archaeologists from around the state bring to life the cultures of the past. Start at the Expo at Roxborough Intermediate School to pick up an event schedule which includes information and directions to the off-site activities. A Hot dog, chips, and a drink will be available to purchase for $5 (cash only) from 11am-2pm. All proceeds go to the Friends of Roxborough and fund educational programs such as this one.

The first Archaeology Day was celebrated around the world in 2011 as National Archaeology Day. The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), headquartered at Boston University and comprised of over 235,000 members,  lead 108 of its local societies in a host of public educational activities to demonstrate the value of archaeological pursuits.

Despite a late start in organizing the event in 2011 and fairly limited resources, over 115 programs were associated with the first Archaeology Day. Fourteen groups officially joined as Supporting Organizations. These ranged from large national organizations like the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA), and the American Anthropological Association (AAA) to small county museums and local libraries. Over eighty AIA Local Societies joined the celebration. In all, almost 15,000 people participated in the inaugural event.

Participation in the first National Archaeology Day covered 38 U.S. states, 4 Canadian Provinces, and included an event in the United Kingdom.

The seventh Archaeology Day in October of 2017 was celebrated with over 900 events around the world hosted by approximately 600 Collaborating Organizations. Events were held in over two dozen countries including: Belize, Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Czechia, Ecuador, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kosovo, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and the United States. The largest numbers of events were concentrated in the United States (500), the Netherlands (300), and Czechia (100). Based on reported attendance figures, we estimate that over 200,000 people participated in IAD 2017.

National Archaeology Day Proclaimed in Congress

Event location:

Roxborough Intermediate School

7370 Village Circle East, Roxborough, CO 80125

The Denver Society of the Archaeological Institute of America