City of Alexandria Est. 1749The launch of urban renewal in 1965 led to a boom of archaeological discoveries in Alexandria's Old and Historic District. As buildings were razed exposing artifact-laden layers of history, community outcry demanded that the City address and halt the archaeological losses. The significance of the finds led the Smithsonian Institution to finance the archaeological investigations. When this support eventually ceased, a group of residents created the "Committee of 100," with each member contributing $10 per month to enable excavation to continue. The constant sight of this salvage work and the array of artifact from early taverns, a comb maker, a doctor's office, and a shoemaker bolstered the public's appreciation of archaeology. Residents successfully lobbied the Alexandria City Council, which in 1975, created the Alexandria Archaeological Commission, the first of its kind in the United States, and hired a professional City archaeologist in 1977.
|Placed By||City of Alexandria|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, April 2nd, 2018 at 1:04pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 322853 N 4297029|
|Decimal Degrees||38.80423333, -77.04006667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 48.254', W 77° 2.404'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 48' 15.24" N, 77° 2' 24.24" W|
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|Area Code(s)||202, 703, 571|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling West|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 103 N Union St, Alexandria VA 22314, US|
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