Programs & Events at Alexandria Archaeology
Discover Alexandria’s diverse cultural history on a guided bicycle ride or walking tour with Alexandria Archaeology. Past themes for walking tours include African American archaeology, the history of the waterfront, and the Civil War Defenses of Washington.
Explore on your own with self-guided tours.
- Self-Guided Tours of Historic Alexandria. Explore Historic Alexandria with self-guided tours. Walk or bike with the guidance of brochures, maps and cue-sheets, cell tours, podcasts or apps. Staff and volunteers of the Alexandria Archaeology Museum created many of the tours.
- The Alexandria Heritage Trail, covering 23-miles, has been designated as a part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.
- African American Heritage Trail - North Waterfront Route tells about African American history through an online StoryMap and can be experienced in-home on your computer or on your smartphone as you walk the trail along the Potomac River.
Throughout the year, Alexandria Archaeology hosts a variety of informative lectures. Some recordings are available for free online, such as the 2021 Celebrate Juneteenth Along the Waterfront webinar, and others listed below..
The Archaeology After Dark series took place in 2021 on Thursday nights at the Lloyd House. Each evening brought together professional archaeologists and historians for informal lectures on topics relating to the rich archaeological heritage of Alexandria and the surrounding area. View past recordings of the Archaeology After Dark series.
- Archaeology After Dark: Nat Turner and the 46 Petitioners
- Archaeology After Dark: the Logbook of the Schooner Enterprise
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The public is invited to observe archaeologists at work, and to learn first-hand the steps to excavating a site. Check our calendar – tours are usually scheduled during the late spring and early fall, or when the excavation schedule allows.
At the Alexandria Archaeology Summer Camp, campers age 12-15 spend a week helping City archaeologists excavate a real archaeological site. Campers learn professional excavating, recording, and artifact processing methods to uncover Alexandria’s buried past while protecting the City’s valuable historic resources.
Archaeology Adventure Lessons
Schedule an Adventure Lesson, designed for grades K-12. The hands-on activities incorporate actual artifacts excavated from archaeological sites in Alexandria to examine various topics associated with the archaeological process and the city’s history. Adventure Lessons are by appointment only. They are given for a small fee and are free for Alexandria City Public Schools. Adventure Lessons are designed for school groups, scouts, summer camps, and other small groups. Outreach lessons are also available upon request to accommodate larger class sizes.