This page has announcements about where excavation, training, certification, and other archaeological opportunities may be found. News items are also included.
Check here often for the latest info we've received. If we haven't got it here, and you know of info of interest, please send it to us.
The VA Association of Museums (VAMS) had a contest for designating the 10 most threatened artifacts in VA. ASV entered our canal boats. The oldest batteau in the United States was voted one of the 10 most threatened artifacts in the state. This is the start of an awareness campaign and a fund-raising campaign to get the funding to preserve the boats and to write up the report on the three seasons of ASV volunteer work between 1983 to 1985. Stay tuned for a "click here to donate" button to assist. We need funds for the preservation of the wood and leather and to pay for the report writing.
2014 ASV Annual Meeting
The 2014 ASV Annual Meeting will be held from October 10-12 in Richmond, VA. at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 1921 Koger Center Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23235, 804-379-3800, hosted by the COL Howard MacCord Chapter of ASV. Register by September 18, 2014 for the $99 plus tax room rate. The registration fee is $45, Student Fee is $25 and the Banquet is $35. Click here for the Annual Meeting Registration Form. Click here for the Agenda.
The banquet speaker will be Dr. Al Luckenbach whose topic will be Pig Point - A Sacred Place Revealed.
DHR 5-Year Plan Update
The VA Department of Historic Resources has a 5-Year Plan that is now being updated. Public response via their survey is requested. This is an opportunity to provide input to our State Agency that will guide their response to cultural resources for the next five years, i.e., it is more than slightly important. Please click on the URL with this announcement and take the survey. DHR is updating our Comprehensive Plan and we need public input. We invite you, as part of this public process, to complete a survey that takes approximately 15 minutes. The survey can be accessed from the following link. 5-Year Plan
2014 ASV Annual Meeting
The 2014 ASV Annual Meeting will be held from October 10-12 in Richmond, VA. at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 1921 Koger Center Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23235, 804-379-3800, hosted by the COL Howard MacCord Chapter of ASV. Register by September 18, 2014 for the $99 plus tax room rate. The registration fee is $45, Student Fee is $25 and the Banquet is $35. Click here for the Annual Meeting Registration Form. Click here for the Call For Papers.
Field School Opportunity
Mount Vernon seeks volunteers for Fridays and Saturdays from June to October. An opportunity to dig at George's house, how neat is that? Contacts are listed on the flyer.
Click here to get the .
New Quarterly Bulletin Editor
ASV welcomes Thane Harpole of the Fairfield Foundation to the post of Quarterly Bulletin Editor. Articles for consideration for publication should be sent to:
P.O. Box 157
White Marsh, VA 23183
2015 ASV Annual Meeting
The 2015 ASV Annual Meeting will be held from October 16-18 in Manassas, VA. at the Best Western Battlefield Inn, 10820 Balls Ford Road, Manassas, VA 20109 (703-362-8000, hosted by the Northern VA Chapter of ASV. Stay tuned for further developments.
2014: Looking Ahead
Recently AMC Network filmed a segment of their upcoming TV series "TURN", at Kittiewan Plantation. The grounds and structures of Kittiewan were converted into sets to depict actions during the Revolutionary War time period. The series premieres Spring, 2014 on the AMC Network. Be sure to watch and see the 18th century come alive at Kittiewan. Come visit us. We are open the second Saturday of each month, March through December, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We are at 12104 Weyanoke Rd., Charles City County, Va. Just off Rt. 5 Approximately 4 miles east of the courthouse.
2014: Looking Ahead
The Chapter Presidents have been listed as I have received them. Please let me know if there are other changes so that the ASV website is correct and up to date. Thanks. Also, the changes as best I can work them out are reflected in the ASV Officers page. Lyle Browning, ASV Webmaster
2014: Looking Ahead
2014 promises to be a very interesting year in VA Archaeology. There will be a new administration in the State Capitol and a new SHPO. Kathleen Kilpatrick has resigned effective 12/31/2013 and Governor McAuliffe will be appointing a new SHPO. DHR has undergone reorganizational changes, but the main news for those of on the trowel end of archaeology is that at long last the new archaeology database (V-CRIS) is up and running. It is light-years ahead of the much and justly maligned DSS. The ease of use is phenomenally better. For years as head of the Survey Committee, all I could do was exhort people to go forth and survey, but the stumbling block was getting data from surveyors into the system. True, some managed it, but it was not well liked by an even larger number.
Now is the time to re-think the entire ASV approach to survey. I will be proposing at the January ASV Board Meeting a program of Directed Survey. This program will have to be approved by the Board, of course. In large measure due to changes in agricultural practices with no-till farming, the once vast areas of open, plowed and disked fields are possibly available maybe once a year, if that. The low-hanging fruit is gone.
In combination with some personal research interests I have been working on sporadically for the last 30 years, it occurred to me (better late than never) that ASV was in the ideal position to carry forward with a similar type of program. For instance, I have a map of the state with the counties and watercourses. I have been coloring an entire county where a pottery type occurs, purely as presence/absence. When one looks at the state map, there are gaps. For example, Keyser pottery has a large gap from the southernmost county in which it appears and the next set of counties to the north. Is that real or is that more than likely an artifact of survey? What a Directed Research Segment of the ASV Survey Committee could do is to find Keyser pottery in the gap counties. Iron furnaces are another area where tremendous gains could be made quickly. Tom Brady collected samples from the 100 or so charcoal blast furnaces and due to a misapprehension of the value they have by the entity that received them in his will, about 75% were thrown out. The locations are all known and can be visited with samples to fill two quart ziploc bags taken as a chapter project. Civil War earthworks are another area that needs attention. With computerization of Henrico County Civil War maps and transposing their locations onto USGS Quads, I was able to establish that about 10% survived, which was the figure that most Civil War folks had guessed. This can be done for everywhere that has them in the state. Obviously as they are threatened sites from development and looting, the locations are sensitive, but working with DHR, these issues can be managed.
And these are only my pet survey projects. Anyone can work one of these things up and get a Chapter involved with it. For those who do not wish to collect tick and chigger samples, sweat copiously or otherwise experience the great out of doors, there are as many if not more indoor projects that can be done from the comfort of your own computer via the internet. For instance, the Mutual Assurance Society records have been computerized, but only with aggregate values for the buildings. One Chapter volunteer went in and for each mill site, got the individual values of all of the buildings that were insured. As there are over 650 different building types listed, one can see the value and the information potential of this one source. Industrial Census Tabulations starting in 1850 are another virtually untapped resource that desperately need to be tabulated. I happen to be a farm equipment fanatic (from which the word fan is derived;). There is an enormous amount of published information that can be neatly tabulated so that archaeologists can use it. Let's face it, when 50 years ago is 1963, what is before that is now a wide open field back to 1865 where most VA intellectual work seems to have stopped apart from a few of us iconoclasts and just plain ornery folks who think there's value in information from after the Civil War.
So put on your thinking caps and let's see what we can all get going for 2014.
DHR DSS REPLACEMENT WITH V-CRIS
Updates and Info on the Transition
The DHR computerized system has been replaced with a far more advanced and much easier to use and far better interface called V-CRIS. This one will work on all platforms and systems which is worth the cost of admission itself.
The development and testing has been fast paced and the improvements are many and worthwhile. Not all suggested improvements were incorporated, but the important thing is that THIS TIME, the architecture of the program is such that changes can be made without major re-writes (costing mega-bucks).
Searches are much easier to perform and can be made across categories. The major change, in my view is that a satellite view of the area where one wishes to record the site will be visible and that a polygon tool will allow the recorder to place the shape far better than using the USGS Quad Sheets which had been the standard.
The system is now operational but with minor tweaks to be performed. The contract called for no net loss of capability and it is easy to see that the new system is vastly superior to the old one. The other bit of good news is that ASV and certain other categories of users will not be charged to enter data and that certification graduates have other inducements.
For info on training dates and other vital information, please start at V-CRIS Information and work through the successive pages.
2013 Archaeology Month
October was Archaeology Month in Virginia. Dee DeRoche has two Word documents for those who wish to put on an event. The theme this year is threatened sites. Please download these items with a view to participating in the 2014 Archaeology Month and check here for announcements nearer the time.
Click here to get the as a Word file. Click here to get the as a Word file.
2013 ASV Annual Meeting
The 2013 ASV Annual Meeting was held from October 25-27 in Virginia Beach, VA. at the Cavalier Hotel, 4201 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA 23451
There was a chartered bus tour of Fort Monroe. This National Historic Landmark has quite a history. It was built as a response to British attacks during the War of 1812 as part of the Third System of fortifications that were built in all the major and minor harbors from Maine to Texas at a cost of $800,000 making it the most expensive defensive buildup in the history of the United States. Fort Monroe, and Fort Sumpter were part of the Third System of fortifications (1817-1867) designed to prevent ship attacks against American harbors. Among the more notable visitors were Abraham Lincoln, Lt. Robert E. Lee who completed it, Gen. Benjamin F. Butler who commanded it during the Civil War and who ruled that escaped slaves were "contraband of war", Edgar Allan Poe and the only CSA President Jefferson Davis who was there as a "guest" of the US government after the Civil War. Fort Wool was a companion fort that is visible on the right just before the tunnel entrance on the westbound lane of I-64 at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. The wooden tower dates to WWII.
Dr. Bly Bogley presented a most informative talk on Jamestown at the Annual Meeting's Banquet bringing the New World's First Permanent English Settlement's latest discoveries and interpretations to light.
ASV Constitution and By-Laws Proposed Changes
Proposal for changes was voted to be tabled for later discussion at the January 2014 Board Meeting due to verbiage problems that were recognized too late to be corrected. These will be corrected and presented for a vote at the 2014 Annual Business Meeting in Richmond.
ASV on Facebook
The ASV is on Facebook for both ASV and Kittiewan Plantation.
The ASV Board voted to start a Facebook presence to bring immediate news to the ASV membership which has been done. The Facebook page will bring information in as near as possible real-time to the membership. The Facebook page will be for informational purposes rather than as a general discussion page with more in-depth and longer shelf-life information to remain on the ASV website.
ASV Survey Insurance Application Template
Standardized form for insurance for ASV projects using non-ASV members.
ASV members will undertake survey efforts on parcels of land. For ASV approval and more importantly ASV insurance coverage for potential liability coverage for non-ASV members, a template has been created and approved by the ASV Board. With the addition of an explanation sheet, the template was approved at the July 13-14, 2013 ASV Board Meeting.
This checklist is designed to put any and all applications for ASV coverage on the same footing by providing a single uniform standard that will provide basic information for every project ASV undertakes. It will also be the basis for a research design for the project.
The form is an Excel spreadsheet that can be filled out in less than 20 minutes. It has basic information as to the "who-what-where-when-why" types of questions in a two-column layout.
Accompanying it is an explanation of terms in a Word document. This form will be the basis for future ASV approved projects statewide. As always, if there are questions, please contact us for clarification. Both are to be found on the field school page on this website.
DHR Threatened Sites Proposals
DHR is interested in receiving Threatened Sites proposals for the 2013-2014 fiscal year (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014). We anticipate a budget of $50,000 available for this year. We are looking for significant sites threatened with damage or loss for which no funding is available or no permits are in place requiring mitigation. Because of the limited amount of funding available requests often come in projecting a cost of less than $5,000.
Often the money serves as seed money encouraging other entities to pitch in additional funding. Rarer sites such as Paleoindian and historic 17th century sites, and those filling in gaps in our data base such as Archaic sites may receive more attention than other sites about which we may have extensive data. Proposals are evaluated by a committee comprised of representatives from COVA, ASV, and DHR.
A proposal form may be obtained by going to the DHR website. We do not expect lengthy proposals but do expect you to stress the significance of the site and the threat it faces and what course of action you recommend. Note at the bottom of the form that the person or entity that submits a proposal may not necessarily be the ones awarded the funding. The state encourages the involvement of SWAM vendors and all who receive funding must be EVA registered. We encourage submissions as needs dictate but are now looking for proposals to be received in the regional offices by May 1, 2013.
If you have questions please contact regional office archaeologists or the State Archaeologist, Mike Barber.
Death of Cindy Dauses
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the April 6, 2013 death of long-time ASV Board member and Kittiewan Archivist Cindy Dauses. Cindy worked relentlessly on the Kittiewan paper legacy of the Cropper family to reduce a gargantuan mountain of paper items to manageable proportions.
The funeral service for Cindy was held on Friday April 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm. at the Currie Funeral Home, 116 Church St. in Kilmarnock.
Memorials may be made to Kilmarnock Museum, P. O. Box 2276, Kilmarnock, VA 22482
Eastern Shore Fieldwork/Certification Opportunity
From April 17-24, 2013, a fieldwork opportunity will exist to focus on 3 research goals. The Northampton County Survey, testing of Pitts Neck Plantation and testing of the Courthouse Green, Eastville will take place. The HQ for the field school will be at Kirwan Hall 5.5ÃÂ± miles west of Eastville on the Bay. Application date closing is 4/1/13. Click here to download the info sheet and application. Contacts are listed in the form.
Digital Edition of ASV Quarterly Bulletins Available
ASV has completed the task of digitizing the entire run of Quarterly Bulletins from the beginning of the ASV in 1940 (with the first QB in 1942 and with a WWII hiatus) to 2010 with each one scanned and in searchable PDF format. The digital QB is available on an 8GB memory stick for $25.00, shipping included. Click here to order.
Please note that due to the US Post Office machines that have mangled and stripped memory sticks from their envelopes, we have had to purchase padded envelopes and will have to use additional postage so we will regretfully have to charge $5.00 on all future orders for shipping and handling.
DHR Conservator Position Filled
DHR has announced that Kate Ridgway has been appointed to the position of conservator to take care of the DHR artifact collection.
2012 ASV Annual Meeting
The 2012 ASV Annual Meeting was held from October 12-14 in Wytheville, VA. at the Wytheville Meeting Center at 333 Community Boulevard, Wytheville, VA.
Thanks go to May Tabor and the other organizers for their efforts in putting on a superb meeting.
2012 ASV Student Paper Competition
The Archeological Society of Virginia (ASV) provides cash prizes to the best student papers presented at the Annual ASV Meeting.
2011 ASV Student Paper Competition
The Archeological Society of Virginia (ASV) provides cash prizes to the best student papers presented at the Annual ASV Meeting.
The recipient of the 2011 ASV Williams Award in Historical Archaeology is Kathryn Barca, of George Washington University. Her paper was entitled, "Stemming Off in a Different Direction: An Analysis of Tobacco Pipes from Mount Vernon."
The recipient of the 2011 ASV Virginia Museum of Natural History Award for collections-based research is Kathryn E. Lamzik, of The University of Tennessee. Her paper was entitled "Eggshell in the Archaeological Record: Identification and Analysis of the Bird Eggshell Fragments Recovered from Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Virginia, Site A, the Southeast Terrace."
ASV Annual Awards Nominations
The ASV presents awards at the Annual Meeting in several categories. Society members nominate candidates and the Awards Committee evaluates them and makes the decision. Click here to download the awards form. The Awards Committee is listed on the Officers page.
Categories of the Awards:
1. The Avocational Archeologist of the Year Award recognizes an individuals outstanding contribution to VA archaeology. This award may be a cumulative award or in recognition of efforts within that year.
2. The Professional Archeologist of the Year Award recognizes an individuals outstanding contribution to VA archaeology. This award may be a cumulative award or in recognition of efforts within that year.
3. The Out-of-State Award is for outstanding service to Virginia archeology. This award is made to an Out-Of-State recipient who has contributed in an outstanding fashion to VA archaeology.
4. The Hall of Fame Award is made to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the history of Virginia archeology. This is a posthumous award, awarded once every 5 years. The first recipient was Thomas Jefferson, recognized as the father of American stratigraphic archaeology.
5. The Past-President's Award is given to the immediate past-president of the ASV.
6. The Site Survey Award is given to an individual and to a chapter which records the greatest number of archaeological sites at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR)within the last year.
A point will be given for each site survey form updated to current standards. The DHR database is composed of site survey forms from the past 70 years of survey and many are completely out of date. Normally, an award for the highest number of sites would be made on the basis of newly recorded sites.
7. A Scholarship for outstanding students in anthropology, archeology, or history.
Click here for the list of past recipients of the Professional, Avocational, Out of State and Hall of Fame Awards from ASV.
2011 Kittiewan Excavation Opportunities
The ASV 2011 archeological season at Kittiewan began in early March. Attention initially focused on areas south and west of the manor house where proposed landscaping activities would disturb possible archeological features or deposits. An initial round of shovel testing, completed in April, revealed two areas of interest: a concentration of early 19th century artifacts southwest of the manor house, and a brick feature (foundation or walkway) about 100 ft west of the manor house. Archeological work, including additional shovel testing and excavation of test units, will continue through the summer to investigate these areas further.
ALL interested ASV members are invited to participate in this work. Members currently enrolled in the certification program are particularly encouraged to attend; they can earn both excavation and laboratory credits.
Excavation dates planned through mid-summer are (weather permitting):
May 14 and May 28 (Saturdays)
June 11 (Saturday)
July 9 (Saturday)
2011 ASV Student Paper Competition
The Archeological Society of Virginia (ASV) provides cash prizes to the best student papers presented at the Annual ASV Meeting. This year's meeting will be held October 13-16 at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton. The competition is open to undergraduate students and graduate students. Three official award categories exist, recognizing student research contributions in Prehistoric Archeology (The McCary Award), Historical Archeology (The Williams Award), and Collections-Based Research (The VMNH Award). Two judges will evaluate the presentations. Students need not specify the award category in which they are interested.
Awards of $100.00 are provided to contest winners, once their winning paper is submitted to the ASV Quarterly Bulletin. In addition, award recipients will receive a free one-year membership in the Archeological Society of Virginia.
Click here for Contest Information.
NEW ASV WEB PRESENCE
The ASV has moved in-house to a larger and faster web service.
The Kittiewan website has been re-written and will be placed for review by the Board before posting.
Any chapters ready for ASV websites should now contact me for sign-ups.
New Newsletter Co-Editors
The ASV Board is pleased to announce that Randolph Turner and Laura Wedin are the new ASV Newsletter Co-Editors.
Email transmissions are preferred, but when necessary for large files or other items, please mail items for consideration to:
Dr. E. Randolph Turner, III
122 Arena Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
Here's the first Kittiewan Brief . It has a recap of events at Kittiewan in 2010 and expectations for future work in 2011. Click here for a Word version.
Kittiewan Volunteer Survey
Here's a volunteer survey for Kittiewan for those who might wish to volunteer at Kittiewan. It has categories of specialties needed. Click here for a Word version of the form.
The Archeological Society of Virginia (ASV) welcomes eight new certification program graduates.
Their certificates were awarded at the 2010 Annual Meeting.
Biller, Janice (MCASV)
Garber, Becky (NVC)
Grealy, Susie (NVC)
Johnson, Maggie (NVC)
McGovern, Ginger (NVC)
Santamaria, Wilther (NVC)
Watlington, Lee (NVC)
Wedin, Laura (NRVC)
Kittiewan Archaeology Week Flyer and Registration Form
The 2010 Kittiewan Archaeology Week was held from June 19-27, 2010. The plan is to investigate the suggested ice house depression near the manor and to locate Dr. William Selden's office. Probing in the cemetery for field stones and markers, and transit mapping will also be conducted during the week.
ASV SEEKS SPONSORS FOR RESEARCH PROJECTS.
The Archeological Society of Virginia (ASV) has announced a list of twenty-two (22) research projects statewide that it considers important and urgent. The society is willing to sponsor and help in the work, but it needs fiscal support. The projects are major tasks which will take months or years to carry out, and costs are appreciable. ASV is a 501.c.3 nonprofit organization which can serve as a broker for projects by administering funds, providing volunteers to work under a professional archeologist, and publishing reports on the work done and its results. For details on projects, including estimated costs and durations, please contact Patrick O'Neill. There are many precedents for such financial backing for archeology, and details on these are available. Thanks for your interest in Virginia archeology.
ARK--The Archaeological Resource Kit.
The ARK contains books, drawings, videos, replicas, and a computer game that will give students a variety of ways to explore archaeology and the Native Americans of Virginia. The kit circulates on temporary loan at no cost.
Museums, teachers, and educational organizations may make a reservation to borrow the kit by contacting Dee DeRoche
telephone (804) 367-2323 ext. 134
Fax: (804) 367-2391
email: Dee DeRoche
or contact the nearest Department of Historic Resources (DHR) regional office.
VA-Arch mailing list
A new mailing list has been created to serve the Virginia Archaeology community. This mailing list was set up to provide an open forum for the discussion of Archaeology in Virginia. Topics are expected to include current research and projects in prehistoric and historic archaeology, information about conferences, events, and field school opportunities, and discussions related to any aspect of Virginia Archaeology. This list was created to facilitate the dissemination of information by members of the Archaeological Society of Virginia, the Council of Virginia Archaeologists, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. The list is open to everyone with an interest in archaeology or the history and prehistory of Virginia.
If you have corrections, suggestions, problems, or comments about this site, or if you have any photos of ASV activities, excavations, etc., that could be used on the site, please contact Lyle Browning. Photos will be scanned and returned to you as soon as possible