The Science of Archaeology


Did you know archaeology is considered a science? From the mountains to the coast, archaeologists in North Carolina rely on a variety of scientific approaches and technological advances to examine our state’s rich history and preserve it for future generations. Join us for a virtual exploration of terrestrial and underwater archaeology throughout North Carolina’s unique landscapes! Learn about the tools we use to investigate and document the lives of people whose voices can no longer be heard and how we protect our state’s vibrant and diverse past.

Our week-long virtual event is part of the North Carolina Science Festival, celebrating the economic, educational, and cultural impacts of science in North Carolina. Be sure to check out all the events happening in April throughout the state!

The Main Event

What makes archaeology a science? How do we excavate on land versus underwater? How can YOU become an archaeologist? Join us on Saturday, April 17 at 1:00 pm for an interactive conversation with OSA archaeologists Kim Kenyon, David Cranford, and Rosie Blewitt-Golsch as they compare these two arenas of archaeology in North Carolina!

This free event will be presented through Zoom. Register here!

Check out all the North Carolina Science Festival Events!


About North Carolina Science Festival

Founded in 2010, the North Carolina Science Festival is the first statewide science festival in the United States. Through a series of community-based events each April (hosted by schools, colleges, libraries, museums, parks, businesses, and other local organizations), the Festival celebrates the economic, educational, and cultural impacts of science in North Carolina. It is an initiative of Morehead Planetarium & Science Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information, please visit

NC Science Festival