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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center


In the field.


Updated June 2, 2020

  • Schedule of Events will be updated throughout the year.
  • Information about regional archaeology events sponsored by other organizations can be found by visiting MVAC’s Facebook page.

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  • CANCELLED - Public Archaeology Field Schools (5 day experience) - adults and high school students

    Monday, July 13, 2020
    July 13, 2020: 9 am–5 pm; July 14–17, 2020: 7 am–3:30 pm at University of Wisconsin La Crosse, Student Union, room 3110
    Adult/Family, Teachers, Youth

    ExcavationDue to the rapidly developing Coronavirus situation, we have cancelled our July 13-17, Public Archaeology Field School - 5 day experience.

    Please check this web page and MVAC's Facebook page for updates on upcoming MVAC events.

    This multi-day field and lab experience is a well-rounded opportunity for those who want to learn about the process of archaeology. Work alongside professional archaeologists on an actual archaeological excavation and survey work. Lab work may include washing and sorting ceramics, stone tools, and other remains. An experimental archaeology component may explore making stone tools and using an atlatl (spearthrower). Optional lab hours and local field trips will be available after regular field school hours. No previous experience is necessary.

    This experience is open to high school students through adults. Fee includes a one-year MVAC membership. Supervised dorm facilities are available for high school students at an additional cost of $225 for 3 days and $335 for 5 days. Cancellation prior to June 15 will receive a full refund minus a $100 cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellations after June 15.

    Fee: $500

    For registration information please contact the:
    University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
    Office of Continuing Education and Extension
    Online registration at:

    For information on activity content please contact:
    MVAC's Public Outreach Program at 608-785-8454 or e-mail Jean

    Link to MVAC youth scholarship information. (PDF)