Family Dig Day

Event Date

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Event Location
105 N. Union St. Alexandria, VA

SIGN UP FOR A FAMILY DIG DAY and help City Archaeologists screen soil for artifacts from a real dig!

All the necessary equipment will be furnished, but please wear comfortable clothes, boots or sturdy shoes (no sandals), and bring a water bottle.


The event is presented in three parts, beginning with an introduction to the history and archaeology of the Shuter’s Hill Site, followed by a site tour, and finally gathering around the screens to sift through excavated soil collecting artifacts. The bags of artifacts will be sent to the laboratory in the Museum for processing.

The Shuter's Hill site has a long and varied history. The oldest artifacts found relate to early Native American occupation and include a quartzite hand axe, quartzite projectile points, and pottery fragments.Other artifacts found include bottles, rusted cans, broken china, car parts, and a 1920 Mercury dime. The remnants of several buildings have also been uncovered. These structures date before, during, and after the Civil War.

  • 2013 Dates – Saturday, June 29, August 3, September 7, October 5 and 26 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm

  • $5/person. Reservations required.

  • Individuals and families are welcome. Children under sixteen years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult.

  • Reservations are secured upon receipt of full payment, payable to the City of Alexandria. If not received within 7 working days, reservations may be reassigned. Only one Dig Day per family. See below for more information on making your reservation.