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DHR to Host Archaeological Pop-up Workshop at Library in Eastern Shore

Virginia Department of Historic Resources
For immediate release
February 8, 2021

Ivy Tan, DHR
Marketing & Communications Manager

—Bring local artifacts to the Northampton Free Library to be identified by professional archaeologists and share stories of the Shore’s history with experts and other visitors—

RICHMOND – Do you have an artifact that you would like to know more about? Or, perhaps you are trying to determine whether something you found is an artifact. We can help. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) is holding an Archaeological Pop-up Workshop at the Northampton Free Library, located at 7745 Seaside Road in Nassawadox (23413), on February 23, 2023, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to all members of the public.

Three experts will lead the workshop to help identify and tell the histories of objects found within local communities of the Eastern Shore:

  • Mike Clem – Eastern Regional Archaeologist, Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Mike is an expert on archaeology in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.
  • Laura Galke – Chief Curator, Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Laura is a specialist in the colonial period of Virginia.
  • Chris Egghart – Archaeologist, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Chris is an expert in stone tool manufacturing and technology during the pre-European contact eras of Virginia.

Visitors at the workshop are encouraged to limit the number of items they bring to no more than 10. Don’t have an item to bring? No problem! DHR experts are planning to show a few real artifacts from the department’s collection.

Through this workshop, we hope to educate and inform visitors about how artifacts were used and why they were important to the people who used them. We want to provide you with information about the items you’ve found while you tell us about the past of the Eastern Shore. This will help us all better understand the lives of those who came before us and made the Shore their home.

*Please note: This event is strictly for educational purposes. We do not provide estimations on the monetary value of items, and we do not wish to procure any artifacts at the event.


Originally posted: February 13, 2023
Updated: February 14, 2023