Make archaeological discoveries in the lab!

2019 Dates:
July 28-August 3
September 29-October 5

Registration for 2019 is now open! Please call our Enrollment Specialists today!

For every day an archaeologist spends in the field, at least four days are required in the laboratory. During a typical field season, thousands of artifacts and samples come into Crow Canyon's lab. The story of the past begins to come together only when these artifacts and samples are carefully processed and studied.

In our lab program, you can help us analyze artifacts from recent excavations at sites that date from the Basketmaker III through Pueblo III periods (A.D. 500–1280).


  • Learn archaeological lab procedures—then wash and catalog artifacts from Crow Canyon’s excavations.
  • Analyze pottery and stone artifacts, assist with special analyses such as flotation, and prepare artifacts for permanent curation.
  • Learn what artifact analysis reveals about the lives of the ancestral Pueblo Indians of the Mesa Verde region.
  • Enjoy evening talks on current topics in Southwestern archaeology.

Daily Schedule
Breakfast 7:30–8:15 a.m.
Morning activity 8:30 a.m.–noon
Lunch noon–12:45 p.m.
Afternoon activity 1:30–about 4:30 p.m.
Dinner 5:30–6:15 p.m.
Evening program begins 6:30 p.m.