Every October, Virginia celebrates archaeology through special events and programs at libraries, museums, historical societies, clubs, and at active archaeological sites. Each year DHR produces an archaeology month poster, often in collaboration with other organizations or museums. This year, we have partnered with Dr. Martin Gallivan from the College of William & Mary and Dr. Jessica Jenkins from Flagler College to highlight their joint research initiative on archaeological oyster deposits that will help understand past human-environmental relationships and guide current and future conservation efforts.
The front of the poster features images of oyster middens, archaeological oyster shells, and a photograph of beaded oyster art pieces created by Nikki Bass (Nansemond). The flip side of the poster provides information about the ongoing oyster research.
To see more of Ms. Bass’s art and learn more about the Nansemond Indian Tribe visit the website Indigenous Life on the Nansemond River.
For more information about archaeology month, or to add an event to the calendar contact Laura Galke, Chief Curator, State Archaeology Division (804 /482-6441). To receive a free copy of this year’s poster, please fill out the form below. To learn about some of the many activities being held during Virginia Archaeology Month, see the event list on this page. This event list will be updated regularly as new information is submitted to DHR.
Organizations: submit your events for inclusion on this year’s archaeology month calendar.
Request a free archaeology month poster.
Archaeology Month Events
Virginia Archaeology Month is in October 2023!