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April 7, 2017

Diggin’ RVA: Engaging Richmond with Archaeology


Running on Waves
Demonstration of 3-D scanning of artifacts at an event sponsored by the AIA Local Society in Richmond, Virginia, supported by a Local Society Outreach Grant/Photo courtesy Elizabeth Baughan

In the spring of 2016, the Richmond Society was awarded an AIA Society Outreach Grant. The Richmond Society put their grant to use in organizing an Archaeology Day event on October 22nd, 2016, entitled “Diggin’ RVA: Engaging Richmond with Archaeology.” The event, an archaeology fair, was designed to bring together local archaeologists and advocates for Richmond’s archaeological heritage with the goal of promoting archaeology as a STEM disipline while also raising awareness of local sites and the need to consider archaeological heritage in ongoing city revelopment. 

The archaeology fair had an integrated thematic structure, with stations thoughout the Science Museum of Virginia. Stations located in the main room centered on eight key questions and supplemental activities were placed in the museum’s regular exhibit spaces with19 presenters and 28 student organizers involved in the event. Event activities included an Art Lab, Challange Lab, mock excavation, presentations on current archaeological activities in Virginia, mapping a shipwreck and more! Throughout the day, about 300 people visitited the museum with positive feedback from both the presenters and the visitors.

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