October is Virginia Archaeology Month!

Published October 3, 2019
2019 Archaeology Month poster.
2019 Archaeology Month poster.
Every October, Virginia celebrates archaeology at libraries, museums, historical societies, clubs, and at active archaeological sites. The theme of DHR’s poster for 2019 is the agency’s project to re-conserve artifacts recovered from Betsy, a ship the British scuttled during the Revolutionary War and the Siege of Yorktown. Betsy was excavated by DHR archaeologists working underwater in the York River during the 1980s. Artifacts recovered from the ship are now in need of re-treatment to preserve them for future research and display in museum exhibitions. A National Park Service Maritime Heritage Grant allowed DHR to hire a conservator to conduct the re-conservation work. See this Calendar of Events [PDF] (updated Oct. 8) around the state. For more information about archaeology month, please contact DHR Chief Curator Laura Galke (804 /482-6441). If you are the representative of a venue that is scheduling an archaeology-related event in October, let Laura know so that DHR can list your organization’s event on our Calendar of Events. Archaeology Month posters are free to the public. You can pick one up at our office in Richmond. (See obverse side of 2019 poster.)
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