July 14–20, 2019

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 dig, 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 Indians (Anasazi) of the Mesa Verde region.

At this academic/science camp, high school students learn excavation and lab techniques, then work alongside our archaeologists. You’ll dig 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 at the pre-college level.

At archaeology camp you'll also learn about American Indian cultures, past and present. Explore the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. And 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 Indian history
  • Science, math, and critical thinking

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