Alexandria Archaeology is excited to announce that the 18th
century ship excavated at the site of the new Hotel Indigo has been named by
the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) as one of Virginia’s Top 10
Endangered Artifacts. This nomination places the ship among a highly regarded and
diverse group of artifacts competing for several conservation grants, with
generous support from the Blandford-Rees Foundation. Show your support for the
ship by voting from January 15 to 24 at www.vatop10artifacts.org.
This VAM campaign raises awareness for the importance of preserving
artifacts in the care of museums, libraries, archives and historic houses
throughout Virginia. The competition showcases the significance of Virginia’s
diverse history, heritage and culture, and the role that artifacts play in
telling those stories.
The ship is the only archaeological artifact in the Top 10 and is the
oldest and by far the largest on this year’s list. “This artifact is our most compelling
piece of Alexandria’s rich maritime history and its conservation is vital for
telling the story of this place,” said Eleanor Breen, Acting City
Archaeologist. The archaeological remains of the vessel’s hull are a rare
example in Virginia and on the east coast of a documented and excavated
18th-century merchant ship.
The artifact lay in a damp environment for over 200 years and requires
constant monitoring and care to prevent desiccation. If exposed to air for
prolonged periods of time without conservation, the timbers would shrink and
warp, irrevocably damaging them and missing the opportunity for scholars and
the public to experience this massive, tangible piece of maritime history. Currently,
the ship is undergoing a multiyear documentation and conservation process at Texas
A&M’s Conservation and Research Laboratory (CRL) in College Station, Texas
before it returns home for display. To ensure the preservation of this fragile
artifact, Save Our Ship by voting in Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts
Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts is a program of the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM). VAM is a statewide network serving the museum community with the vision of a united museum community inspiring the world around us.
Alexandria Archaeology, a division of the City of Alexandria, Virginia’s Office of Historic Alexandria, is dedicated to preserving and studying Alexandria’s rich archaeological heritage and fostering within residents and visitors a connection between the past and present while inspiring a sense of stewardship and adventure. Through its museum and programs, this community archaeology program has been engaging the public for more than three decades.
Alexandria Archaeology is also responsible for administering the Alexandria Archaeological Protection Code, which allows the City to preserve archaeological resources and information that would otherwise be lost to ground disturbance and large-scale development projects.
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