Remember Me When You Pass By: The Archaeology of Cemeteries

At this year’s Archaeology Symposium, we will explore the archaeological research taking place in graveyards, cemeteries, and burial grounds.  Join us for a day-long event to hear from the region’s experts. Topics will range from historically black burying ground to how technology makes cemeteries easier to research and find.  Speakers this year include:

Reflectance Transformation Imaging Use in Grave Marker 

Kurt Fredrickson, Member, Archaeological Society of Virginia

Hidden No Longer: The Archeological Study of Williamsburg’s First Baptist Church Cemetery

Jack Gary, Director of Archaeology, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Documenting Neglected Historic Cemeteries around Richmond, Virginia using Cost-effective 3-D Tools

Bernard K. Means, Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Virginia Commonwealth University

The “Undisappearing” of The Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground

L. Daniel Mouer, Virginia Commonwealth University, Retired

The Ratcliffe Cemetery and Calloway Methodist Church Cemetery: Case Studies in Hand Probing to Find Graves and Markers

Patrick O’Neil, President, Archaeological Society of Virginia

Grave Misunderstandings: Purpose and Progress of the Fairfax County Cemetery Re-Survey

Aimee Wells, Senior Archaeologist, Fairfax County

The experience will also include an opportunity to explore the burying ground at Gunston Hall with staff archaeologist, David Shonyo.

This event offered in partnership by Fairfax County Park Authority, Archaeology and Collections Branch; Friends of Fairfax Archaeology; and Gunston Hall.


Advanced tickets for this symposium are available until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2023.  Your ticket includes either in person or online participation in the event.  If you are interested in joining us in person and would like for us to purchase lunch for you, please select that option when you purchase your tickets.  Tickets purchased on the day of the event will not include lunch.

Individual $15
Members of FOFA and Gunston Hall $10
Lunch $15

Scholarships available for students.  Write to for more information.


Mar 04 2023


9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Mar 04 2023
  • Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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