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From the Attic to the Basement: Rehousing the Archaeological Collection at Carlyle House Historic Park

Author(s): Casey D. Pecoraro

Year: 2016

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Summary

The John Carlyle House, a ca. 1753 structure located in Alexandria, Virginia, is owned and operated as a historic house museum and park by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.  Limited archaeological survey of the site was conducted by the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission in 1973, and the subsequent salvage excavations of four features were performed during restoration work on the house undertaken between 1974 and 1976.  The artifact assemblage was later processed, catalogued and stored in the attic at Carlyle House. The overall condition of the collection deteriorated over time.  A comprehensive rehousing project began in 2013, with the dual goal of bringing the collection up to professional standards and finding it a suitable home in a dedicated archaeological collections repository.  Rehousing also produced a searchable digital catalogue, revealing the potential research trajectories of this significant site and increasing the chances of its future reanalysis. 


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From the Attic to the Basement: Rehousing the Archaeological Collection at Carlyle House Historic Park. Casey D. Pecoraro. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434291)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 782

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America