Alexandria Archaeological Commission

The Commission establishes goals and priorities for the City's program; and acquires, preserves, and displays all the artifacts found. It works with federal, state and local governments, private foundations, citizens, area schools and colleges.

Page updated on Jan 13, 2022 at 2:21 PM

About the Alexandria Archaeological Commission

The Commission usually meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings are open to the public – see calendar for meeting location. The Commission encourages the public to attend, to find out what’s been dug up around town, and to express opinions on what should be studied and preserved.

The Alexandria Archaeological Commission was established in 1975 and reauthorized by Ordinance No. 3773 in 1995. 

Commission Members

Commission members must be Alexandria city residents and are appointed by the Alexandria City Council. Approximately five hours per month are required of Commission members. Vacancies on all Alexandria Boards and Commissions are listed in the local newspapers, or call Citizen Assistance at 703-746-4800 or the director of Alexandria Archaeology at 703-746-4399. 

For further information about the responsibilities of this board or commission, or to apply to serve on this board or commission, contact the City Clerk's Office at 703.746.4550.

Member Roster and Application Link

The commission is made up of representatives of the following organizations:

5 Members at-large
1 Citizen member from each of the three Planning Districts
1 Member from the Alexandria Association
1 Member from the business community   
1 Member from the Visit Alexandria Board of Governors                  
1 Member from the Alexandria Historical Society
1 Member from the Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage
1 Member from the Friends of Alexandria Archaeology
1 Member from the Historic Alexandria Foundation

Term of Service

4-year term

City Staff Contact

Eleanor Breen, City Archaeologist, Office of Historic Alexandria, 703.746.4718

Agendas and Minutes


Check the calendar to see if the meeting is virtual or in person. The meeting registration link for virtual meetings is posted on the calendar. In-person meetings are held at the Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington Street.

  • January 19, 2022, 7 p.m. Agenda



Agendas, 2015-2019






Minutes, 2015-2019






Reports of the Alexandria Archaeological Commission

Annual Reports

Bernard (Ben) Brenman Award for Archaeology 

Bernard (Ben) Brenman Award for Archaeology is awarded by the Commission to individuals and groups that further the interests of archaeology in Alexandria.

Archaeology in Alexandria 1961-2011: 50 years of Community Commitment

Presentation to the Alexandria City Council Work Session
Alexandria Archeological Commission, September 27, 2011 

In celebration of 50 years of archaeology in the City, then Commission Chair S. Kathleen Pepper discussed the accomplishments of Alexandria Archaeology over 50 years, since the first archaeological investigation at Fort Ward in 1961, as well as the future goals of the department and its commission.

Artifact display boxes with highlights from the City’s archaeology collections were presented to each council member and Mayor Euille for the duration of the meeting, underscoring their role as stewards of the collections. Each box represents a different historical time, place, and topic. All of the objects originated from an archaeological excavation, or site, within the city limits. Artifact display box topics include: American Indians, an enslaved washerwoman, sugar refining, Alexandria stoneware, the Civil War, a brewery, and health and beauty.