Tin City Excavation Site Celebrating 20 Years at University of Evansville


WHO: University of Evansville Archaeology Department.

WHAT: Tin City Archaeological Project Anniversary Celebration.

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2023.

WHERE: Two Locations: SOBA Atrium and Tin City Trenches in Front of Neu Chapel.

DETAILS: The Tin City Archaeological Project, a remarkable on-campus excavation, celebrates its 20th anniversary. Join us for a day filled with educational activities and tours in the SOBA Atrium. Our archaeology majors have designed family-friendly activities that offer insights into the university’s history as uncovered through the Tin City excavation. Light refreshments will be available.

At the trench site in front of Neu Chapel, visitors can take a 15-minute guided tour of a real archaeological excavation, gaining a firsthand experience of this historical endeavor.

Tin City, once known as Campus Court Apartments, was built in 1946 and demolished in 1962, housing GI Bill-eligible veterans of World War II and the Korean War at the University of Evansville.

Dr. Alan Kaiser and University of Evansville archaeology students initiated the Tin City Archaeological Project two decades ago, unearthing 4,491 artifacts from 727 cubic feet of soil, shedding light on veterans’ lives and their families. This ongoing on-campus excavation is a unique window into our university’s past.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Alan Kaiser at ak58@evansville.edu.