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Alexandria Archaeology Museum

City of Alexandria Est. 1749

 
 
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By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
1. Alexandria Archaeology Museum Marker
Inscription.  The launch of urban renewal in 1965 led to a boom of archaeological discoveries in Alexandria's Old and Historic District. As buildings were razed exposing artifact-laden layers of history, community outcry demanded that the City address and halt the archaeological losses. The significance of the finds led the Smithsonian Institution to finance the archaeological investigations. When this support eventually ceased, a group of residents created the "Committee of 100," with each member contributing $10 per month to enable excavation to continue. The constant sight of this salvage work and the array of artifact from early taverns, a comb maker, a doctor's office, and a shoemaker bolstered the public's appreciation of archaeology. Residents successfully lobbied the Alexandria City Council, which in 1975, created the Alexandria Archaeological Commission, the first of its kind in the United States, and hired a professional City archaeologist in 1977.

The archaeology program continues today with collections of more than two million artifacts spanning 13,000 years of the City's history. City Council furthered support for history and archeology
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By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
2. Alexandria Archaeology Museum Marker
by passing the Archaeology Protection Code in 1989, ensuring that information about the past is not lost as a result of new development. Research and code projects have led to insights into Native American life, African American neighborhoods, the Civil War, cemeteries, taverns, potteries, plantations, and many other facets of Alexandria's history. To learn more, visit the Alexandria Archaeology Museum on the third floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union Street, Studio #327.
 
Erected by City of Alexandria.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAnthropology & ArchaeologyNative AmericansWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, The City of Alexandria series list.
 
Location. 38° 48.254′ N, 77° 2.404′ W. Marker is in the Historical District in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of King Street and North Union Street, on the left when traveling east on King Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 North Union Street, Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Fitzgerald (a few steps from this marker); War of 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker); River Ferries
Alexandria Archaeology Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
3. Alexandria Archaeology Museum Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Alexandria (within shouting distance of this marker); Waterfront Walk (within shouting distance of this marker); Plundered! (within shouting distance of this marker); Raise the White Flag (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Mill (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Historical District.
 
Also see . . .  Alexandria Archaeology Museum. (Submitted on April 2, 2018.)
 
Nearby map of Old Town Alexandria image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 30, 2018
4. Nearby map of Old Town Alexandria
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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