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DC Day of Archaeology Festival Set for July 27

Thursday, July 11, 2013
Rediscover your past!

Washington, DC - The District of Columbia Historic Preservation Office (DCHPO) will be participating in the second annual Day of Archaeology Festival, Saturday, July 27th from 10 am to 3 pm at Turkey Thicket Park. Some parking is available; the nearest Metro stop is the Brookland-CUA station, on the Red Line. The event is free to the public and open to people of all ages.  

Part of a worldwide celebration of archaeology, the DC. festival will be hosted by Archaeology in the Community, a District-based nonprofit educational organization.  Archaeology organizations from DC, Maryland, and Virginia will be present. The public will be able to talk to archaeologists in person and learn about the science and art of doing archaeology as well as volunteer opportunities in the field. There will be engaging activities for children, including mock-excavation, hands-on artifact displays, crafts, and lectures.  The archaeology of local prehistoric and historic inhabitants of the area will also be featured. Visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy live music, face painting, and visits from some of DC.’s best food trucks.  Both local and worldwide participants will be featuring the event live, across Facebook and Twitter (thedayofarchaeology and @dayofarch, respectively).  

For more information on the festival, please call DCHPO at (202)-442-8800 or email [email protected] or [email protected]

Participants include: The DCHPO Archaeology Program, Mt. Vernon, Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning, the Urban Archaeology Corps of the National Park Service, the Virtual Curation Unit of the Virginia Commonwealth University, the Environmental Programs Division of the National Guard, the Society for American Archaeology, and the festival host, Archaeology in the Community.