UncoveRVA: Archaeology for Our Past, Present, and Future
April 7–August 4, 2017
When you think of archaeology, what comes to mind? Do you envision Roman baths being excavated on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius? Do you imagine a Mayan city located in a dense jungle on the Yucatan peninsula?
You wouldn’t be the only one who pictures these mental images: archaeology is often associated with foreign and "exotic" places. Yet, beneath the avenues and buildings that make up our city are numerous archaeological sites representing thousands of untold stories. Stories of dramatic events, like the burning of Richmond. Stories of suffering, such as the Devil’s Half Acre. But also stories of promise, like the foundations of the University of Richmond. Archaeology can tell the stories of the city’s luminaries but also highlight the work of the laborers whose everyday tasks built the city we see today.
UncoveRVA: Achaeology for Our Past, Present, and Future sheds light on the hidden histories beneath the city of Richmond. The showcase also explores the current legislation that covers archaeological resources, how archaeology informs us about who we are and where we came from, and the positive impacts when a city chooses to engage with its archaeological heritage.
The exhibition was curated by students in the course, "Archaeology in the City," taught by Derek Miller, University of Richmond visiting lecturer of anthropology.