​International Archaeology Day is held each year on the third Saturday of October.

International Archaeology Day is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery. Every October the AIA and archaeological organizations across the United States, Canada, and abroad present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. Whether it is a family-friendly archaeology fair, a guided tour of a local archaeological site, a simulated dig, a lecture or a classroom visit from an archaeologist, the interactive, hands-on International Archaeology Day programs provide the chance to indulge your inner Indiana Jones.


2017 at The Beaches Museum & History Park


Hosted by the NPS, Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve
Held June 15-19 & June 22-26, 2015

About the dig:
In 1684, the Spanish decided to move their Mission San Buenaventura de Guadalquini from St. Simons Island, Georgia, to protect the community from French and English slave raiders. The group, comprised of mostly Native Americans, relocated to Black Hammock Island, Florida, and the new mission was referred to as Santa Cruz y Buenaventura de Guadalquini, often called simply Mission Santa Cruz. It was inhabited from 1684 until 1696. Two previous excavations conducted by the University of North Florida(UNF) established the location of the mission. This public archaeological field school will further develop the conclusions reached during the previous excavations.


June 9, 2018

Members of the Jacksonville Society went on special private tour of the Fort Frederica National Monument
Georgia's fate was decided in 1742, when Spanish and British forces clashed on St. Simons Island. Fort Frederica's troops defeated the Spanish, ensuring Georgia's future as a British colony. Today, the archaeological remnants of Frederica are protected by the National Park Service. 
While on the site, AIAJAX members viewed the ruins of the town surrounding the fort, as well as ongoing excavations. A National Parks Ranger was the guide, and a picnic lunch followed.


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June 17, 2017 
Members were treated to a delicious picnic lunch at the Mandarin Museum followed by a tour of the Maple Leaf Collection conducted by Dr. Keith Holland, who led the excavation of the Civil War steamship Maple Leaf that
was sunk in the St. Johns River.

July 16, 2016 
Jacksonville Society offered a tour of Fort Matanzas in St. Augustine for its members and their guests. After the tour, we had a delicious free picnic lunch at the Washington Oaks Historic District.

2018 at The Beaches Museum & History Park

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January 2019 - AIA Jacksonville Society members assisted in excavation at the Mill Cove Complex under the supervision of Dr. Keith Ashley of the University of North Florida.

The Mill Cove Complex is a group of prehistoric archaeological sites located in Duval County, Florida built by people of the St. Johns culture, approximately 900 to 1250 CE. The site encompasses two sand mounds, Grant Mound (8DU14) and the contemporaneous Shields Mound(8DU12) located 750 metres (0.47 mi) away, and an area in between the two which is full of St. Johns culture midden deposits. 

For further reading about this site, download this file ["Introducing Shield Mound (8DU12) and the Mill Cove Complex" by Dr. Keith Ashley (PDF). The Florida Anthropologist.]