The parks in and around our nation's capital hold the archeological remains of more than 13,000 years of human history. These include prehistoric workshops, quarries, campsites, and villages; historic plantations, houses, kilns, mills, forges, foundries, and canals; and Civil War battlefields, fortifications, and campgrounds. The Regional Archeology Program (RAP) studies and preserves park archeological sites and collections. The RAP's activities include locating new archeological sites; evaluating the significance of sites for possible nomination to the National Register of Historic Places; processing, cataloging, analyzing, and caring for archeological collections; fostering volunteer work and public education; and protecting and preserving archeology under federal historic preservation laws.
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- Archeological Collections Inventory
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site -
Interns from the University of Maryland, College Park and the George Washington University are completing a 100% inventory of the archeological collections recovered from the Frederick Douglass NHS. Catalog records and storage methods were reviewed to ensure they meet NPS and Regional Archeology Program standards
During the inventory, the interns identified artifacts associated with the time of Frederick Douglass’ occupation. These artifacts have become the focus of a poster and exhibit for the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial celebration, and they have been scanned and printed with a 3D laser printer to produce replica artifacts that can be passed around during public programs. (2018)
- Metal Detecting
Manassas National Battlefield Park -
Regional Archeology Program (RAP) staff and Manassas personnel are conducting a 30% metal detector survey of fields on the Brawner and Dogan farms adjacent to the Unfinished Railroad. This survey will be conducted to identify and mark for removal any unexploded ordinance in preparation for work by park Natural Resources Staff. (2018)
Last updated: April 30, 2019