Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

DC Archaeology events Aug-Sept 2016

Small Finds Work Group Wednesday August 24, 10am-3pm at Dumbarton House, 2715 Que Street, NW DC 20007

Subject: Commemorative Tokens and Presidential Memorabilia.  Formal presentations on artifacts from sites in DC, Maryland, & Va., as well as a Costume Historian associated with the Smithsonian, followed by lunch on your own.  Bring your own artifacts on the theme for show-and-tell with all the participants. A wide group of professionals from throughout the region will be attending. For more info see the post on the Yarrow Mamout Facebook page:



BIG News for the District!! An Archaeological Curation Facility is Proposed

District government is working on obtaining curation space so we can consolidate and manage the District’s archaeological collections in in a location that meets archival standards. The DC Public Library is adding a new floor onto the MLK, Jr. main library building, and we are negotiating for floor space in the new archival storage area. Because the project entails adverse effects to a National Register-listed landmark building, the library has agreed in principle. There is an environmental assessment out for public comment that includes a draft Memorandum of Agreement with language for providing that space. If you don’t mind and you have the time, please review it and let them know what you think about it. This is something we’ve been working towards for years, and it’s extremely exciting for us to finally make some headway. https://www.ncpc.gov/project/mlklibrary/


Fieldwork Opportunity in Arlington, Virginia:

Patrick O’Neill will be conducting archaeological investigations at the Ball-Sellers House in Arlington County, Virginia, beginning Saturday August 6, 2016.  The investigations will be conducted each Saturday and Sunday through August, from 8am-4pm Saturdays and 9am-4pm on Sundays well into Sept., but not during Labor Day Weekend. Ball Sellers House is located at 5620 3rd Street South, Arlington, Virginia, in the Glen Carlyn area. Patrick O’Neill is the Principal Investigator, providing pro bono work, analysis, and write-up. The property contains a 1742-era log cabin, considered to be the oldest structure in Arlington County. A storm drainage system is proposed to prevent erosion where a former addition was located. The archaeological investigations will center on finding the edges/remnants of the addition and a chimney.   If you’d like to volunteer, wear closed-toe shoes, a brimmed hat and bring a water bottle.  All ages are welcome every age but kids younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult. See the Facebook page for more information. https://www.facebook.com/BallSellersHouse/?fref=nf


Save the Date!!! Walk For Archaeology  on the White House Ellipse, September 17 at 11:00 am

Join Archaeology in the Community and participate in the Walk for Archaeology. Help make a difference by walking with archaeologists and those who love archaeology. The funds raised during this event are used for our various youth programs and help keep AITC’s archaeology education free. We aim to foster a greater connection between youth and the field of archaeology. See their web site or Facebook page for more information.




Ruth Trocolli • District Archaeologist

DC Historic Preservation Office, Office of Planning

1100 4th Street SW, Suite E650 • Washington, DC 20024














Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on August 23, 2016 by in Archaeology, DC History, Washington DC and tagged , .
%d bloggers like this: