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VIRGINIA ARCHAEOLOGY MONTH

October, 2017

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

October 2 – November 30     Gloucester

Event:                         Exhibit: “Digging Around the Historic Court Circle” by Thane Harpole

Place:                          Gloucester Museum of History  (In the historic Botetourt Building)

                                    6539 Main Street, Gloucester, VA 23061                  

                                    (804) 693-1234 

Time:                           11 A.M. – 3 P.M. except Sundays and Holidays when Museum is closed

Description:                This exhibit of archaeological investigations in Gloucester includes the first showing of some recently excavated Court Circle artifacts.

Cost:                            The exhibit is free.

Sponsor / Contact:     Gloucester Museum of History / bdeal@gloucesterva.info    (804) 693-1234

                                    www.gloucesterva.info/museum

 

October 14 (Saturday)        Petersburg

Event:                         Petersburg National Battlefield Archaeology Day

Place:                          Eastern Front Visitors Center

              5001 Siege Rd.,  Petersburg, VA 23803

 

Time:                           10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Description:                Petersburg National Battlefield invites members of the local community

                                    to come learn more about the park’s archeology. Park archeologists will

exhibit items from the park’s archeological collections. Visitors of all ages

can participate in hands-on activities that will teach them some of the

methods and techniques archeologists use to learn more about the battlefield.

 

Cost:                            This event is free.

Sponsor / Contact:     Petersburg National Park     https://www.nps.gov/pete/index.htm 

                                    Alexis Morris

 

October 21 (Saturday)     Alexandria

Event:                         Family Dig Day

Place:                          Alexandria Archaeology Program – Shuter’s Hill site

                                    George Washington Masonic Memorial

                                    101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA 22301

                                    (703) 746-4399

Time:                           1:30 – 3:00 P.M.

Description:                Assist Alexandria Archaeology at a public dig!  The dig day includes an introduction to the history and archaeology of the Shuter’s Hill Site, a site tour, and the opportunity to sift through excavated soil and assist with artifact processing.  Pre-registration is required.

Cost:                            $5                    SOLD OUT

Sponsor / Contact:     Archaeology@alexandriava.gov       and      www.alexandriava.gov/archaeology

 

October 21 (Saturday)     Alexandria

Event:                         Art Safari – Illustrating Artifacts

Place:                          Alexandria Archaeology Museum

105 N. Union Street, #327, Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 746-4399

Time:                           12 noon – 4 P.M.

Description:                Artifact illustration is still used by archaeologists to reveal details that otherwise might be missed by a photograph. Visitors will choose a real artifact to measure and illustrate on their lab sheet. Artistic representations of other artifacts will also be on display throughout the museum. Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Cost:                            This event is free.

Sponsor / Contact:     www.alexandriava.gov/archaeology   and   Archaeology@alexandriava.gov

 

October 21 (Saturday)      Charlottesville

Event:                         Archaeology Open House

Place:                          James Monroe’s Highland

                                    2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902

                                    (434)  293-8000

Time:                           12:30 - 2:00 P.M.

 

Description:                Results of recent research presented in an open house setting

 

Speakers:                    Sara Bon-Harper, Executive Director, James Monroe’s Highland and others

 

Cost:                            Free (grounds visit 12:30-2:00 P.M. only)

 

Sponson / Contact:    James Monroe’s Highland, http://highland.org, in conjunction with Universities,

Slavery, Public Memory, & the Built Landscape, UVA Bicentennial Celebration http://slavery.virginia.edu

 

October 22 (Sunday)     Alexandria

Event:                         Lecture – British Atlantic Merchant Ships

Place:                          Lyceum

201 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 746-4399

Time:                           7 – 8:30 P.M.

Description:                What makes Alexandria’s 18th-century ship so significant? Join us for a seafaring Sunday evening lecture by maritime historian Dr. Phillip Reid. Dr. Reid will discuss colonial merchant ship technology and how Alexandria’s 18th-century ship is critical evidence in advancing our understanding of maritime history and technology. Celebrate Virginia Archaeology Month with us by exploring the challenges and rewards involved in learning more about these vessels. Admission is $12 per person and $10 for FOAA members. Proceeds benefit the Save our Ship conservation fund. Reservations are required. Tickets may be purchased through the online shop at www.alexandriava.gov/shop.

Dr. Reid received his PhD with distinction from Memorial University of Newfoundland and his MA in maritime history and nautical archaeology from East Carolina University. His work has appeared or is soon to appear in The Northern Mariner, the Journal of Transport History, the International Journal of Maritime History, and the Mariners’ Mirror. Dr. Reid is working on a book on the place of the ordinary merchant ship in the history of the British Atlantic Empire, colonial British America, and the history of maritime technology.

Cost:                            $12/$10 for FOAA members

Sponsor / Contact:     www.alexandriava.gov/archaeology   and   Archaeology@alexandriava.gov

 

October 24 (Tuesday)     Charlottesville

Event:                         Talk: Archaeology Front and Center

Place:                          James Monroe’s Highland

2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902

(434) 293-8000

 

Time:                           10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

 

Description:                Celebrate Archaeology Month in Virginia by learning about recent archaeological discoveries happening around the Commonwealth. Archaeology at many historic sites is used to fill in the missing pieces in past stories. Such exciting discoveries are “upending history” at historic sites like James Monroe’s Highland where research is ongoing, and staff have the opportunity to share new narratives about the home of our fifth president. At Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, continuing investigation provides information about materials used in buildings and what went on within them, to the plants in the grounds. From new interpretive tours to creative use of technology, discover solutions to the ever-changing landscape of historic research and interpretation.

Speakers’ names and titles:

Sara Bon-Harper, Executive Director, James Monroe's Highland

Jack Gary, Director of Archaeology and Landscapes, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Nancy Stetz, Education Programs Manager, James Monroe’s Highland

Cost:                            Workshop $80,

Optional lunch &optional Museum Management Certificate additional cost.

Go to this link to register:  http://www.vamuseums.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1012201 

Sponsor / Contact:     Virginia Association of Museums

                                                Christina Newton    cnewton@vamuseums.org    (804) 358-3170

 

October 28 (Saturday)           Alexandria

Event:                         Open House

Place:                          Alexandria Archaeology Program – Shuter’s Hill site

George Washington Masonic Memorial

101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA 22301

(703) 746-4399

Time:                           10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Description:                View the new discoveries made this year at Shuter’s Hill, an 18th century urban plantation located on the grounds of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Visit the site to learn more about the plantation outbuildings discovered this year, and get a chance to talk with city archaeologists. The family-friendly open house will be held at the top of the grassy hill behind the Masonic Memorial parking lot and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site is located at the top of the hill behind the Masonic Memorial. Visitors arriving by car may park in the Masonic Memorial’s parking lot. Weather permitting.

Cost:                            Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Sponsor / Contact:     www.alexandriava.gov/archaeology   and   Archaeology@alexandriava.gov

 

Posted: 10.12.17