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.