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Threatened Sites Program

Threatened Sites, Request for Proposals: DHR is now accepting Threatened Sites proposals for the 2015-2016 fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015. The overall goal of the program is to fund archaeological resources which are under threat of destruction and which have no legal protection. Funds are used primarily for site survey, evaluation, and excavation but also artifact analysis, background research, and report writing (see DHR's 2013 Archaeological Month Poster for types of projects funded). Proposals can be submitted by any interested party. The program is guided by a committee made up of archaeologists from DHR, ASV, and COVA. Read this PDF for information about this year's funding and grant specifics. Here is the RFP form. Submit proposals by April 15, 2015. For further information, please contact: Michael B. Barber, State Archaeologist (540-387-5398).  

Since 1985, the Department of Historic Resources (DHR) has administered a program for threatened archaeological sites in Virginia. Sites considered for funding must be at least of statewide significance and under threat of destruction.

Eligible sites also are ones for which no other sources of funding are available for their rescue. Anyone may bring these sites to the attention of the department.

Potential eligible sites are evaluated both by department teams and a Threatened Sites Committee composed of members of the archaeological community. Funds are committed for assessment, excavation, laboratory processing and analysis, and reporting.

Volunteers and the public are involved at every possible opportunity.

If a site cannot be saved, the funds are used to gather the information it contains before it is lost forever. For copies of reports from these projects, see the DHR Archaeological Report Series.

For more information on the Threatened Sites Program, contact Mike Barber, State Archaeologist.
Phone: (540) 387-5398.

Threatened Sites Proposal Form (Word doc)

(Updated: 3.20.15)