Public Archaeology Program

The Department of Anthropology Department at Appalachian State University is committed to public education through involvement of the avocational community and school groups in its archaeological field and laboratory projects. Hundreds of local citizens, ages five through ninety-five, have enjoyed the process of archaeology and the excitement of its discoveries. Our outreach to the local public includes:

  • Presentations for elementary school classes, senior centers, state parks, and others
  • Fieldwork participation opportunities for high school volunteers
  • Consultation regarding potential archaeological finds and sites
  • Field site visitation and public archaeology days
  • Archaeological exhibit creation and installation
  • And more!

Dr. Alice Wright serves as the Public Archaeologist for the Department of Anthropology. Questions can be directed to her at

For more information on the archaeology of North Carolina and how you can get involved, visit the NC Office of State Archaeology.