About RVA Archaeology
Who We Are and What We Do
RVA Archaeology was founded in 2014 by Richmond area residents, archaeologists, historians, and preservationists who seek to expand the public’s awareness and enjoyment of Richmond’s rich archaeological resources and to advocate for their protection and interpretation.
To advance the protection and interpretation of archaeological resources in Richmond through discovery, education, advocacy, research and public engagement.
The group developed from a growing need to engage archeologists into the public conversation about archaeology in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom. In the fall of 2013, the city of Richmond’s Revitalize RVA initiative was announced, and residents including Terry Brock and Kim Allen became concerned about the archaeological potential of the land planned for this development. In response, on March 29, 2014, they organized with three others, a symposium titled Before It’s Too Late: The History and Archaeology of Shockoe Bottom at the Richmond Public Library. Participants discussed the history of the slave trade in Richmond, archaeology at the Lumpkins Jail site, Section 106, and several other topics. As a next step, participants called for a working group that would bring together interested members of the public and professionals to advocate for a ‘community archaeology,’ thus founding Archaeology RVA.
- To increase knowledge of Richmond’s archaeology through outings, lectures, special projects, and publications.
- To foster the engagement of Richmond communities with their archaeological history.
- To work in cooperation with local government, concerned citizens, university researchers, and regional and international bodies for the discovery, protection and preservation of Richmond area archaeological sites.
- To serve as advisors and consultants to groups including city administration, historic preservation organizations, and developers regarding archaeology in Richmond.