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The Alexandria Archaeological Protection Code: Managing Archaeology within the Framework of City Development

Author(s): Benjamin A. Skolnik

Year: 2017

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Archaeological investigations at 220 S. Union Street are just the first of a series of upcoming excavations along Alexandria’s historic Waterfront. On November 18th, 1989, the City Council of Alexandria, Virginia adopted the one of the first local archaeological protection ordinances in the country, which requires an assessment of the potential archaeological significance prior to "ground disturbing activity" in the City. This framework provides an environment through which Alexandria Archaeology, a department of the Office of Historic Alexandria, has been able to integrate archaeology into the City development process and has brought together City Archaeologists, Cultural Resource Managers, developers, and the public to investigate, document, and preserve the past. Here, we highlight the historic development of Alexandria’s Waterfront and discuss the challenges of negotiating the needs of archaeology as historic preservation with the demands of urban development as required by Alexandria’s Archaeological Protection Code.


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The Alexandria Archaeological Protection Code: Managing Archaeology within the Framework of City Development. Benjamin A. Skolnik. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435178)


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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): 696

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