Archaeology Site Tour!

  • Friday, July 24th, 3-3:30pm
  • Fort Ward Park
  • 4301 W. Braddock Road
  • Alexandria, VA, 22304


The Alexandria Archaeology Museum’s 2015 Summer Camp will be hosting a tour of the excavation site at the end of our Camp, on the Day of Archaeology, July 24th. Our campers, ages 12-15, will have been excavating a real archaeological site with city archaeologists from the City of Alexandria. The Alexandria Archaeology Museum’s Summer Camp started in 1993, and has been running every summer since then. Our campers excavate a real archaeological site and come from places in the area and out of state. We instruct our campers in how to properly excavate and interpret an archaeological site, ending with our site tour, giving our campers a chance to deal with public interpretation. This year we will be excavating in Fort Ward Park, on the site of a historical African American neighborhood called “the Fort.” The freed slaves came to Fort Ward during the civil war and worked as hospital attendants, gravediggers, cooks, and construction workers. After the war, when the Fort was abandoned by the Union Army, the African American people stayed because the nearby Virginia Theological Seminary provided good employment, and settled the residential area called “the Fort.” People lived there continuously until the City of Alexandria bought the land and turned it into Fort Ward Park, commemorating the Union fort that was there.