Archaeologists study our human prehistory and history stretching back beyond 3 million years, pieced together using materials and clues left in the land.

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Sep 30, 2016

About This Grant

The field of archaeology reconstructs our understanding of the past through the careful excavation and analysis of artifacts left behind. Researchers survey or map the land and structures, excavate what may be hidden in the earth, and describe their findings through methods of classification, dating, and composition analysis. Much of history pre-dates writing, and much of the material represents lifestyles and societies that would otherwise go unrecorded and unknown.

We invite researchers working in archaeology to submit Experiment projects and join our upcoming grant challenge. Any aspect of the field is welcome! If you'd like to chat more about your idea, please get in touch. You can begin a page by clicking the button below.

A few examples of past successful archaeology projects:

Archaeology & Drones: Mapping Neolithic Structures in the Black Desert, Jordan

Did our ancestors use wooden spears as hand-thrown hunting weapons?

Colonial Period Archaeology in Northwestern Belize

Of Monks and Men: How medieval construction brought monasteries and lay communities together

Where are the Spanish Colonial Jesuit Missions at Guevavi?

Did the Pima Indians design arrow points specifically to penetrate Apache rawhide shields?

How It Works

Challenge grants are prizes to supplement existing crowdfunding campaigns. We will accept proposals for campaigns related to archaeology, and all the campaigns will launch together on October 13th, 2016. The project with the highest number of backers after three weeks will receive an additional $500. There are two runners-up prizes of $200 each.

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