Cultural Resources Program Area
Archaeological Resources Protection
The Fort Lee Cultural Resources Program (CRP) manages historic properties which include archaeological sites and historic architecture. The guiding principles of the CRP stem from Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act which requires federal agencies to assess and account for any potential impacts to historic properties from any undertaking. The CRP also works with the Provost Marshall’s Office to implement regulations of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act. The Cultural Resources Program staff act as stewards of all historic properties found within the boundaries of the Installation. Working under the National Historic Preservation Act, The Antiquities Act, and Archaeological Resources Protection Act the staff identifies, investigates and preserves archaeological sites, their artifacts and historic buildings.
Resources on the Installation are protected. If you find a resource call the Cultural Resources Mgr (CRM) or Staff Archaeologist. In accordance with Fort Lee Policy No. 03-12 enacted on April 6, 2012 it is illegal to metal detect on Fort Lee. It is important to understand that the CRP program relies on the general public to help them in their mission. Remember, it is illegal to remove or damage artifacts or sites on Federal property and if you see something you think may be a historical resource do not hesitate to contact the CRP staff.
CRP Staff Contacts:
Cultural Resources Manager 804-734-4434
Staff Archeeologist 804-765-7026
Regional Archaeological Curation Facility
Home to over half a million archaeological artifacts, the Fort Lee Regional Archaeological Curation Facility (RACF) serves as a repository for federal archaeological collections from across the region. Besides office and research space for the CRP staff, the facility contains a large collections storage area and exhibit room with over 500 artifacts on display. These displays feature artifacts recovered from right here on Fort Lee as well as from other military installations including Fort Monroe, Fort Eustis and A.P. Hill. The RACF is open to the public Monday through Friday 0800-1630 or by appointment. Visitors are always welcome.
For those interested in depositing collections with the RACF please contact the CRM. The facility meets all 36 CFR 79 standards and offers 24-hour military police and emergency monitoring, humidity and temperature control, artifact collection processing services and over 3,000 cubic feet of storage space. The current curation fee is $350.00 per standard record-size storage box (15”x12.5”x10”). Items accepted for curation must meet the RACF Collections Standards (see below). Items not curated at the current standard may be assessed additional fees. For more information about curatorial services see the two documents below or call the CRM.
The Fort Lee Regional Archaeological Curation Facility features a variety of outreach programs designed to teach students, individuals or groups about the exciting field of archaeology. If you are interested in participating please contact the Cultural Resources Manager or Curator for more information. The public exhibit room showcases over 700 artifacts recovered from right here on Fort Lee. The facility also has a demonstration area where students can experience first-hand the skills and techniques involved in archaeological excavation.
The facility is located at the corner of Shop Road and 22 Street, behind the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum and U.S. Army Women’s Museum. It is open to the public Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30 or by appointment. Call any of the CRP Staff Contacts for more information.
October is Virginia Archaeology Month and the Fort Lee Regional Archaeological Curation Facility has several exciting events planned.
-October 20-21: Prince George Archaeology Weekend
The Curation Facility has partnered with the Prince George County Regional Heritage Center to support Prince George Archaeology Weekend.On Saturday, October 20 volunteer to be a part of an actual archaeological excavation in Prince George County. Then on Sunday, October 21 join the staff of the Curation Facility as they demonstrate how the artifacts and information recovered the day before is processed in the facility’s lab. Also explore the facility’s exhibit room and get a behind the scenes tour of the Petersburg National Battlefield collection with the park’s Historian.
-October 23: 10 Year Anniversary Open House
Join the Fort Lee Regional Archaeological Curation Facility as it celebrates Virginia Archaeology Month and the 10th anniversary of its opening. An open house will take place from 9:00 until 3:00. Explore the facility’s exhibit room featuring over 700 artifacts and take a peek behind the scenes as the Petersburg National Battlefield Historian displays artifacts stored at the facility. The day’s events also include a special presentation by the Petersburg National Battlefield Historian at 10:30, a ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary at 11:00, a reception following the ceremony and demonstrations in the afternoon.
For more information about any of these events feel free to call the CRM or email email@example.com