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Going on vacation this summer? Throw a hat, a trowel, and some elbow grease into your suitcase, and you will be ready for any archeological adventure that comes your way!

If you're visiting the midwest, take a gander at Ohio Archeology, a travel guide to the ancient mounds, canals, and other historic sites that are the state's archeological heritage. Headed to the Chesapeake Bay or points beyond on the Atlantic beaches? Before you go, see Archeology in the Colonial Chesapeake Tidewater. To Maine and Canada? Follow Samuel de Champlain's path along the coast. Other Visit Archeology guides will lead you to archeology in unexpected places all across the United States, like a concrete-covered city, or to rock images left by ancient peoples. Or how about the cool interior of a museum? The Visit Archeology guides have plenty of them, too.

Archeology camps and field schools are a great way to spend summer time. National parks offer archeology days or summer camps. Call your local national park for information. Other organizations with information about fieldwork and laboratory opportunities in your area include the Society for American Archaeology, the PAST Foundation, and the USDA's Passport in Time.

Want to be an archeologist for a day? See about volunteer opportunities. They are a great way to get a taste of what archaeology is like and to talk with people knowledgeable in local history.

Or perhaps you'd rather learn about archeology in the air conditioning, minus the bugs? See our lists of recommended magazines, books, and videos. And, as always, you can surf the shark-free waters of the Archeology Program website.

Wherever you go, remember to treat archeological sites with care. Alert a park ranger if you see exposed artifacts or sites.

  • Kids learn how to make a dugout at Battelle Archaeology Park in Ohio. [photo]
  • Student in Arizona learns archeology at Petrified Forest National Park. [photo]
  • Volunteers help do archeology with Binghamton University in New York. [photo]

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