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5th Annual Day of Archaeology Festival Slated for Saturday, July 16

Sunday, July 3, 2016

(Washington, DC) -  Join DC Historic Preservation Office (DC HPO) on July 16 at the fifth annual Day of Archaeology Festival at Dumbarton House in Georgetown, hosted by Archaeology in the Community, a District-based nonprofit educational organization.  Come meet local archaeologists and learn about the science and art of doing archaeology, local volunteer opportunities and local history. There will be activities for all ages: mock-excavation, hands-on artifact displays, crafts, and lectures. Visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy the Dumbarton House Museum, music, face painting, and some of DC’s best food trucks. Both local and worldwide participants will feature the event live, across Facebook and Twitter (#ArchaeoFest16, #AITC_DC, and @dayofarch, respectively).  

The event will take place from 10 am to 3 pm at Dumbarton House. Limited parking is available. The nearest Metro Station is the Dupont Circle Station on the Red Line via the Q Street exit. The museum is approximately six blocks west on Q Street just over the Q Street Bridge leading to Georgetown, a short walk or ride on the D2 or D6 bus lines.  The event is free to the public and open to people of all ages.  

For more information on the festival, please call DCHPO at (202) 442-8800 or email [email protected] , [email protected] or at the following websites:  http://www.archaeologyincommunity.com/day-of-archaeology-festival-2/ or http://www.dayofarchaeology.com/  

Participants at the event will include: Dumbarton House Museum, The DCHPO Archaeology Program, Archaeology Program-Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, Archaeology Program-Montgomery County Department of Parks, M-NCOOC Historical Preservation, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks- Historic Resources Division, Virtual Curation Laboratory of the Virginia Commonwealth University, Veterans’ Curation Program- Alexandria Lab, Archaeological Society of Maryland, Alexandria Archaeology, Herring Run Archaeology, Stantec, NPS –National Capital Parks East, Dig-It Games, Virginia Museum of Natural History, K12, Archaeological Institute of America, Lost Towns Project, Urban Archaeology Corps at Groundwork Anacostia, James Madison’s Montpelier and the festival host, Archaeology in the Community.