Alexandria Archaeology/George Washington University Historical Archaeology Field Institute
May 16-20; 23-27, 2016 | 3 credits
A two-week intensive field school offering hands-on experience in excavation and laboratory study of an archaeological site in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The city has several historic districts and developed the first community archaeology program in America. It is the perfect place to investigate the Shuter’s Hill plantation site and to learn about artifact identification and analysis at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum and Laboratory.
This summer’s institute focuses on the excavation and study of an area of the site associated with enslaved African Americans. Working with the City of Alexandria’s Archaeologists, students will discuss public heritage values and issues resulting in a public interpretive tour.
The course has relevance to undergraduate and graduate students in American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, African American Studies, Africana Studies, History, Museum Studies & Education, Preservation, and Women’s Studies, and anyone who would enjoy a first-hand opportunity to participate in archaeological research. Shuter’s Hill Site and Alexandria Archaeology Museum are accessible through the King Street Metro Station.
This institute is open to current and visiting GW undergraduate and graduate students.