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New Alexandria Archaeology Institute Now Enrolling

Always wanted to be an archaeologist but can’t give up your day job? Do you watch the History Channel and imagine yourself excavating a real historic site? Well, here’s your chance to grab a trowel and dig in!

Take part in the new Alexandria Archaeology Institute, a four-day learning opportunity in Alexandria especially for adults. The Alexandria Archaeology Institute, taught by City of Alexandria archaeologists, has two sessions this year. The first session will be held Thursday, June 10 through Sunday, June 13, and the second session will be Thursday, October 21 through Sunday, October 24. Daily training, activities and programs will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fieldwork will be conducted at historic Shuter’s Hill Plantation, an archaeological site on the grounds of the George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive in Alexandria, near the King Street Metro Station.

Participants will gain hands-on experience in excavation methods, laboratory methods, and artifact identification, as well as learn about the history of the site and the development of Alexandria through lectures and discussion. Those seeking certification through the Archaeological Society of Virginia can earn field and laboratory hours toward certification.

Advance registration is required. Registration fee of $475 includes field equipment, morning coffee, box lunches and two receptions. The June session is filling quickly, so please make your reservations now.

Please visit www.alexandriaarchaeology.org or call the Alexandria Archaeology Museum at 703.746.4399 to learn more or to complete an application.