Children try their hand at grinding corn with a mano and metate.


2021 International Archaeology Day Expo

Joins us in celebrating Colorado’s colorful past at the 2021 International Archaeology Day Expo. Fun for all ages!  The 10th International Archaeology Day celebration is a free expo to learn, explore, and experience archaeology.  Professional and avocational archaeologists from around the state will demonstrate, discuss, and bring to life the cultures of Colorado’s past. 

Outdoors, there will be informational booths, demonstrations – including a flint knapper, hands-on activities, poster shows, kid’s area, and Archaic snack stand. The expo will be held at Roxborough Intermediate School, 7370 Village Cir E, Roxborough, CO, 80125.  The outdoor activities will be held 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Professional lectures will be presented by Jeff Brzezinski, Jack Warner, and Anna Cordova.  These will be held indoors (masks and social distancing required) at 10:00, noon, and 2:00pm.  Reservation required for lectures (see sign-up links below).

Nearby visits to Roxborough State Park, Lamb Spring Archaeological Preserve, and Ken-Caryl Ranch historic and archaeological sites will feature tours and hands-on activities.  Reservation are required for the site tours (see sign-up links below).  Note:  Roxborough SP activities are free with park entrance.

Lectures at the Expo - Indoors

10:00 am

“The Role of Other-Than-Human Beings in the Religion, Politics, and Economics of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica"

Jeffrey S. Brzezinski, Ph.D. - University of Colorado, Boulder

Reservations are requited to attend. Please sign up by clicking HERE.


12:00 pm

“Archaeology of the Colorado Springs Area”

Anna Cordova - Lead Archaeologist, City of Colorado Springs

Reservations are requited to attend. Please sign up by clicking HERE


2:00 pm

“Ancient People Who Lived in The Hogback Area Over the Past 15,000 Years”

Jack Warner

Reservations are requited to attend. Please sign up by clicking HERE


Exhibitors at the Expo – Outdoors, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Aurora History Museum - Adelia Wells Homestead Collection

Bureau of Land Management - Royal Gorge Field Office

Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Archaeology at the New Fishers Peak State Park

Egyptian Studies Society - Exhibit

ERO Consultants - Exhibit

Tim Evans - Flint knapper Demonstration

History Colorado - Artifact Display / Archaeology Toolkit, Pottery (hands-on), Project Archaeology

Lamb Spring Archaeological Preserve - Paleoindian Site and Pleistocene Megafauna

Martorano Consultants – Lithophones (hands-on)

NPS Heritage Partnerships – Historical Archaeology

Roxborough State Park – Foraging: Pelts, Plants, and UTE STEM techniques (hands on),  Archaic Snack Stand (grab and go ancient snacks) Kids’ area (hands on)


Nearby Archaeological Site Visits

Lamb Spring Archaeological Preserve

Lamb Spring is the only Paleoindian archaeological site in the Denver metro area open to the public.  There is a short walk to a site where several digs have uncovered bones of mammoths and other prehistoric mammals as well as Cody era stone tools.

  • 10:00 & 11:00 am Guided tours
  • Atlatl demonstrations following tours

Reservations are recommended for Lamb Spring tours Sign-up by clicking the links below:

Roxborough State Park

Roxborough State Park is a National Archaeological District with over 60 prehistoric sites in the park’s boundaries, mostly of Archaic and Woodland eras.  The park has received the State Archaeologist Award for its commitment to preservation and public education. You can also enjoy the Park's "Walk Through Time Poster Show" as well as Artifacts of the Park on display in our visitor center.

Reservations are required for the Roxborough State Park tours Sign-up by clicking the links below:

Ken-Caryl Historical Society

The historic Bradford house was built in 1860 and the nearby “Bradford II” site was the source of artifacts more than 6000 years old. Ken-Caryl history experts will explain the history and pre-history of this beautiful hogback area.

Reservations are recommended for the Ken Caryl Bradford House tours Sign-up by clicking the links below:

2021 Events Schedule At a Glance

2021 Events Schedule At a Glance

International Archaeology Day artifacts on display
International Archaeology Day children participate in a mini dig
International Archaeology Day children playing lithophones
International Archaeology Day visitors making pots
International Archaeology Day Logo 2021
Roxborough International Archaeology Day 2021 Poster