Quarterly News, June 2019


In this issue:
*Virginia Landmarks Register Listings *Forthcoming Historical Markers *Virginia's New State Archaeologist *Archaeology at Eyreville (Eastern Shore) *Bristol Hotel, Tax Credit Project *Betsy Artifacts *Announcements & Calendar of Events
Photos of buildings for listing in the Virginia Landmarks Register

Nine Sites Added to the

Va. Landmarks Register

Among the recently approved VLR sites are the house of a former chief of the Rappahannock Indian Tribe, a rural historic district along a portion of the James River where it cuts through the Piedmont, an early Cold War missile defense installation, and places wrought by industries in southwest Virginia. READ about each site, see photos.
Come and Join Us Brothers

13 State Historical Highway Markers Approved

Topics covered in thirteen forthcoming historical markers include two “hidden figures” of the nation’s early space program, the life of singer and humanitarian Pearl Bailey, and an extensive one-time underground warehouse in Richmond that cooled kegs of beer in the era before refrigeration. READ more, and text of each approved marker
Dr. Elizabeth Moore

Dr. Elizabeth A. Moore, Virginia's New State Archaeologist

Elizabeth Moore joins DHR after serving since 2007 as Curator of Archaeology at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Martinsville, where she also was assistant director of Research and Collections for two years.
She is no stranger to DHR. Since 2007, she served as chairman of our agency's State Review Board, before recently stepping down. Under her former position at VMNH, she also oversaw laboratory analysis and investigation of artifact collections recovered during DHR field schools on the Eastern Shore, and participated in, and led volunteers during many of those annual and semi-annual events.

Moore’s career research has focused on how faunal remains—bones, shells, hides, etc., and molecular vestiges of DNA or proteins—can offer insight into the ways “people in the Middle Atlantic region have used animals and food through time for subsistence, economics, ceremonial, and social purposes, particularly in Virginia and Maryland,” in her words.

During her career in Virginia, she has served as president of the Archeological Society of Virginia, which recognized her as “Professional Archeologist of the Year” in 2015. She has served as a member of CoVA’s Collections Committee and as Virginia’s State co-Coordinator for Public Archaeology with the Society for American Archaeology, among her membership in many other professional organizations.

Author or co-author of numerous technical reports and articles in professional journals, as well as contributing chapters in edited books, Moore earned her doctoral and master’s degrees in anthropology from The American University in Washington DC, and her undergraduate degree from State University of New York at Potsdam. She replaces former State Archaeologist Dr. Michael Barber who retired in March.
Chesapeake pipes
Speaking of Archaeology and Field Schools,
DHR archaeologist Mike Clem offers an

Update on Archaeology at Eyreville, Northampton Co.

(Photo shows examples of red clay "Chesapeake” pipes made locally and recovered from the Eyreville site.)

Historical Reynolds Arcade building.
Rehabilitation Tax Credits, Project Profile:

Reynolds Arcade, Bristol

In 2018 the Bristol Hotel opened to much fanfare in the city's downtown. Built in 1925, for decades the building housed retail and offices. But it was intended to be a hotel. DHR architectural historian Jessica Ugarte explains here.
Shows a pitch bucket
Spotlight on DHR Collections:

A Tale of Two Buckets

"Conservation involves a lot of investigation and research," writes DHR Conservator Katherine Ridgway in a recent blog post. She discusses two "pitch buckets" recovered from the Betsy, a ship scuttled at Yorktown. READ more


Coming later this summer to bookstores and online retailers, A Guidebook to Virginia's African American Historical Markers, compiled by DHR's Jennifer Loux, Matthew Gottlieb, and James K. Hare, with a Foreword by Colita Nichols Fairfax (and distributed by the University of Virginia Press).

See forthcoming DHR-sponsored workshops and other events.