Indiana Archaeology Awareness Month takes place in September. Events include laboratory open houses, artifiact identifications, lectures, and excavations. For more information, visit http://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/3674.htm.
The Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) has a number of fun and informative educational materials online. The DHPA archaeologists give presentations, provide training and stewardship courses, and much more. They also coordinate Indiana Archaeology Month (see above). During Archaeology Month, there are many opportunities to visit digs, hear lectures, and learn about and participate in archaeology. The office is the lead archaeological agency for Indiana. For more information, call (317) 232-1646, or go to http://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/.
Indiana State Museum's Education Department offers educational aids and programs for school-age children. Teachers can borrow an educational trunk on Ice Age animals, which includes hands-on items, books, posters, and a reference manual. The museum also offers summer camps in archaeology and paleontology. You can also check out the museum’s comprehensive list of Indiana State Historic Sites. Visit http://www.indianamuseum.org/ or call (317) 232-1637 for more information.
Angel Mound State Historic Site is one of the best pre-contact Indian settlements in the U.S. It was inhabited from A.D. 900 to about 1450 by Mississippian Indians. Today it serves as host to various cultural events throughout the year, including guided site hikes every Sunday in June and July. Native American Days is an educational interactive program held September 27th-29th, 2013; children can watch demonstrations and participate in hands-on activities. The site also offers themed archaeology summer camps, including Extreme Egypt, Groovy Gladiators and Go Greek. For more information, call (812) 853-3956, or visit http://www.angelmounds.org/.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the largest children's museum in the world, hosts various fun archaeological and paleontological activities. The exhibit Dinosphere: Now You're In Their World contains a large collection of dinosaur fossils. Kids can play at interactive stations, including a Paleo Lab and hands-on dig. For more information, call (317) 334-3322, or visit the website: http://www.ChildrensMuseum.org.
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