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The Archeological Society of Virginia (ASA) was founded in 1940 and is one of the nations oldest groups. It is comprised of people who have an interest in archaeology, both professional and avocational. People from all walks of life are members. ASV's mission is education and outreach about matters archaeological. ASV produces a Quarterly Bulletin and a Quarterly Newsletter. Activities are ongoing and there is a certification program for training in archaeological methods. There are also chapters statewide that have activities and meetings as well.
The Council of Virginia Archaeologists (COVA) was founded in 1975 and incorporated in 1996 as an organization dedicated to the preservation and study of Virginia's archaeological resources. The council fosters public awareness, knowledge, and support for the preservation of Virginia archaeology; advances knowledge through dissemination of information on Virginia's archaeological resources; facilitates interaction between the communities of professional and avocational archaeologists in Virginia; and acts as an independent professional advisory group for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
The Virginia Department of Historic Resources maintains information on the Commonwealth's historic architecture and archeological sites. It is the mission of the department to foster, encourage, and support the stewardship of Virginia's significant historic, architectural, archeological, and cultural resources.
"Guidelines for Archaeological Investigations in Virginia,"
Chapter 7 of Guidelines for Conducting Cultural Resource Survey in Virginia,
implemented and distributed by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources
The Secretary of the Interior has developed broad national performance standards and guidelines to assist federal agencies in carrying out their historic preservation activities. These federal standards and guidelines are titled Archeology and Historic Preservation: Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines (48 FR 44716-44742). Professionals working in Virginia have long recognized the need to standardize archeological field investigations. This set of guidelines was established to meet this need and to fill the gap between the broad-based federal guidelines and the various previously published field manuals. The Department of Historic Resources (DHR) guidelines are intended to provide standards and offer general guidance without hindering the development and use of new and innovative approaches.
Passport in Time (PIT) is a volunteer archaeology and historic preservation program of the USDA Forest Service (FS). PIT volunteers work with professional FS archaeologists and historians on national forests throughout the U.S. on such diverse activities as archaeological survey and excavation, rock art restoration, archival research, historic structure restoration, oral history gathering, and analysis and curation of artifacts. The FS professional staff of archaeologists and historians will be your hosts, guides, and co-workers.
Over the years, volunteers have helped us stabilize ancient cliff dwellings in New Mexico, excavate a 10,000-year-old village site in Minnesota, restore a historic lookout tower in Oregon, clean vandalized rock art in Colorado, survey for sites in a rugged Montana wilderness, and excavate a 19th-century Chinese mining site in Hell's Canyon in Idaho.
New PIT volunteers receive a "Passport" and a PIT Passport number. Each time a volunteer visits a project, the project leader stamps the volunteer's passport and documents their hours. Volunteers for multiple projects can fill up their passports with stamps from projects all over the country!
The organization was formed in 1977 to preserve and enhance Virginia's rich inland waterways heritage in all its fascinating aspects. History, exploration, archeology, modeling, local lore and legend, restoration, preservation, park and trail development—these are some of the many areas of interest our members pursue to their own great satisfaction and frequently to the lasting benefit of their communities and state.
This website offers historical information, lesson plans, bibliographies, and links to tribal home pages. The site includes sections on the Powhatan Indians as well as on topics of early colonial history such as Jamestown and Sir Walter Raleigh's expeditions. Much of the information is provided for younger readers, who may be researching class projects. The site is fully searchable and contains an index and sitemap.
This website offers information on current research, lab activities, volunteer opportunities and information from the VMNH archaeology lab run by Dr. Elizabeth Moore.
An online presentation of historical archeology studies supported by the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A schoolteacher oriented website with emphasis on the greater Richmond, VA area.
Provides written papers on all aspects of historical archaeology via a newsletter and a journal series—the premier North American historical archaeology publication series.
Provides written papers on all aspects of prehistorical archaeology via a newsletter and a journal series—the premier North American prehistorical archaeology publication series.
JFA publishes a quarterly journal devoted to field archaeology. JFA is a mix of theoretical and practical application for field and analytical studies in archaeology.
This site provides detailed lists of resources related to African American archaeology, cultures, and history, divided into topical and regional sections, including the Mid-Atlantic region and Virginia sites.
The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archaeological resources. Properties listed on the National Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The Maryland Historical Trust was formed in 1961 to assist the people of Maryland in identifying, studying, evaluating, preserving, protecting, and interpreting the state's significant prehistoric and historic districts, sites, structures, cultural landscapes, heritage areas, cultural objects, and artifacts, as well as less tangible human and community traditions. The trust is the principal operating unit within the Division of Historical and Cultural Programs, which is an agency of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.
The Archeological Society of Maryland, Inc. (ASM) is a statewide organization of lay and professional archeologists devoted to the study and conservation of Maryland archeology.
This is the state's oldest nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation and study of the state's archaeological past.
MAAC meets annually, in early spring, for three days of papers, discussion groups, special workshops, a business meeting, and, of course, a party to catch up on what all our colleagues have been doing for the past year!
The Southeastern Archaeological Conference (SEAC) was founded in response to the tremendous increase in federally funded archaeological work in the Southeast during the 1930s. SEAC was created to allow excavators to quickly share new data with each other and to standardize ceramic types.
The Society for Industrial Archeology (SIA) has a worldwide membership of over 1,800 individuals who have a strong interest in preserving, interpreting, and documenting our industrial past and heritage. Whatever your profession or favorite pursuit, if you share our interest in the industrial past, we welcome you to join us.
The National Preservation Institute (NPI) is a nonprofit organization offering specialized information, continuing education, and professional training for the management, development, and preservation of historic, cultural, and environmental resources.
The National Archeological Database (NADB)—a computerized communications network for the archeological and historic preservation community—is an internationally recognized source of information on public archeology. NADB was established to meet a congressional directive to improve access to information on archeological activities nationwide.
Archaeometry is an international journal covering the involvement of the physical and biological sciences with archeology and art history. The topics covered include dating methods, artifact studies, mathematical methods, remote sensing techniques, conservation science, and the study of man and his environment.
The Society for Archaeological Sciences (SAS) was founded to establish a forum for communication among scholars applying methods from the physical sciences to archaeology and to aid the broader archaeological community in assessing the potentials and problems of those methods. The SAS promotes such communication through its distribution of the SAS Bulletin; Advances in Archaeological and Museum Science series; and SASnet, an electronic forum on the Internet.
The Historical Metallurgy Society (HMS) was founded to establish a forum for communication among scholars interested in the use of metals in the past. The HMS promotes such communication via its electronic forum on the Internet and via a newsletter.
The Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA) was founded to establish a forum for communication among scholars interested in the archaeology of industry, primarily in the UK and Northern Europe.
Archaeology on the Net Web Ring aims to bring together archaeology-oriented sites on the Internet to provide valuable links to a variety of groups and organizations. If you are running a website related to archaeology, we welcome you to join Archaeology on the Net Web Ring.
ArchNet serves as the World Wide Web's virtual library for archeology. This server provides access to archeological resources available on the Internet. Information is categorized by geographic region and subject.
This page aims to provide a large collection of archaeology-related links on the Internet.
Internet Archaeology is the first fully refereed e-journal for archaeology.
This site contains links to many archaeological websites and publications, including Archaeology magazine, Discover, Biblical Archaeology Review, Archaeology Odyssey Magazine, and Kids Discover, among others.
Siftings is an eclectic mixture of news, announcements, and documents from participating organizations. Resources include membership forms, calls for papers, preliminary conference programs, back issues of publications, copyright releases, links, and more.
This website provides links to news stories and press releases published on the web by ABC, CNN, the New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, Nando, Archaeology, universities, and other sources. Some services require that you register and select a password in order to retrieve articles, but none charges a fee to retrieve these news stories.
This Minnesota based company provides non-invasive high-resolution geophysical surveys for academic and cultural resource management. It provides magnetometer, resistivity, ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and full processing services that provide a view of what's underground without having to dig. In addition to site mapping, geophysical survey also guides excavations to those areas best able to answer research design questions. Their work at Falling Creek, VA showed the location of the first blast furnace in the New World.
The Oxford Dendrochronology Laboratory is an independent tree-ring dating lab with close links for training with the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, Oxford University, as well as the Scientific Dating Section, English Heritage. It now covers most of Southern England, West Midlands, and Wales. There have also been incursions into France and a respectable group of buildings dated in America, including the Cary Forge at Falling Creek, VA.
Geoscan Research designs and manufactures geophysical instrumentation for both professional and amateur use, including instrumentation used the Falling Creek Ironworks at Falling Creek, VA.
US RADAR manufactures and distributes Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) units used for archaeological work, including artifact location, site feature mapping, graveyard investigations and others.
Beta Analytic performs Carbon14 dating for archaeological specimens.
This page has a summary of information about what can be learned from the study of human teeth and has a list of resources of previous studies.
Please suggest additional links to be posted on this page,
especially for Archeology in Virginia.
Send suggestions to: Lyle Browning.