Public Information Session on Southern Virginia Beach Archaeological Assessment Project to be Held Dec. 5

Thursday, November 14, 2019

​The City of Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission and the Department of Planning and Community Development will host a Public Information Session on an upcoming Archaeological Assessment Project for the southern half of the city. The session will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex, 1057 Princess Anne Road.

"The public is invited to learn about the project and provide information on potential archaeological sites of interest," said Historic Preservation Planner Mark Reed. "The archaeological assessment will allow us to update condition assessments of known sites and identify unrecorded sites of archaeological potential. Part of this project will include shoreline surveys that will help us to assess the impact of sea level rise and recurrent flooding on these resources." The study area in Virginia Beach will be south of North Landing, Princess Anne and Sandbridge roads, Reed explained.

Through a Cost Share Survey and Planning Program grant administered by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR), Dovetail Cultural Resource Group has been hired to complete an archaeological survey and report for the southern portion of the City of Virginia Beach in the winter and spring of 2019/20. The project will result in a field survey of all accessible archaeological sites within the southern half of the city and a summary report synthesizing the findings of the survey. An archaeological assessment for the northern half of Virginia Beach was completed in 2018 and was also administered and partially funded through the state Cost Share Survey and Planning Program.

The Cost Share Survey and Planning Program is designed to support Virginia's local governments in their efforts to carry out historic preservation planning activities. The City of Virginia Beach submitted a successful grant application and is sharing in the cost of the project. Localities coordinate their cultural resource database with DHR and conduct surveys to state standards.

Please contact Mark Reed at mreed@vbgov.com or (757) 385-8573 for additional information about the Dec. 5 public information session on the upcoming southern Virginia Beach archaeological assessment.

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Photo: Evidence of a potential brick clamp is examined during archeological assessment in Virginia Beach in 2018.

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