The Public is Invited to See the Ships!

Join us this summer for hands-on programs focused on the ships that were discovered along Alexandria's waterfront.

Page updated on Apr 12, 2019 at 10:19 AM

The Public is Invited to See the Ships!

Sign up for Dive into Archaeology or Afternoon with Archaeologists! Both hands-on programs are an opportunity to take a tour of where 18th and early 19th century ship timbers from Alexandria’s waterfront are being preserved, talk with City Archaeologists, and take part in hands-on activities. Both programs will fill up fast, so sign up early.   


Shoreline engineering: Dive into ArchaeologyDive into Archaeology

Old DASH Bus Barn, 116 South Quaker Lane
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
$15/person; $12/FOAA members
Ages 8-14 (children under 10 must be accompanied by a participating adult)

Calling all aspiring archaeologists! Go behind the scenes to see what happens to historic ships when they are found underground. Find out how Alexandria grew as a port in the 18th century, try your hand at creating a map of the ship, and then test your skills to see if you have what it takes to make a mini boat that can carry cargo.  


Shoreline engineering: Dive into ArchaeologyAfternoon with Archaeologists

Old DASH Bus Barn, 116 South Quaker Lane
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
$15/person; $12/FOAA members
Adults and children 14+ (children under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult)

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the documentation and preservation of historic ships found on Alexandria’s waterfront. Learn about the discovery of the ships from professional archaeologists before taking an active role in the measurement and scale drawing of real timbers from the ships thought to date to the late 18th and early 19th century.


2019 Dates

Saturday, June 29

  • Dive into Archaeology (10:30 – 11:30 a.m.)
  • Afternoon with Archaeologists (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.)

Saturday, July 27

  • Dive into Archaeology (10:30 – 11:30 a.m.)
  • Afternoon with Archaeologists (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.)

Saturday, August 10

  • Dive into Archaeology (10:30 – 11:30 a.m.)
  • Afternoon with Archaeologists (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.)

Saturday, September 21

  • Dive into Archaeology (10:30 – 11:30 a.m.)
  • Afternoon with Archaeologists (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.)

General Information

  • For Dive into Archaeology, children under 10 must be accompanied by a participating adult. For Afternoon with Archaeologists, children under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
  • Both programs take place at the Old DASH Bus Barn at 116 South Quaker Lane in Alexandria, VA.
  • All attendees must wear closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting a bit wet. The building is not air-conditioned, so please dress for the weather and bring a water bottle.
  • Limited street parking is available on South Quaker Lane and on surrounding streets.
  • $15/person; $12/FOAA members. Fee is non-refundable. Space is limited and reservations are required. Reservations may be made online for your selected session of Dive into Archaeology or Afternoon with Archaeologists. If a session is filled, you may call 703.746.4399 or contact us by email to be added to a waitlist.
  • Alexandria Archaeology is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria and complies with the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act. An individual with a disability who wishes a reasonable accommodation should call the Museum at 703.746.4399 a week before their reserved program.

 

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