Archaeology and Historical Designations
The Archaeology and History components of the Project focus on putting the archaeological significance and sensitivity of the site into context. An additional element addresses the potential of the site for official designation on national and international lists of heritage areas through research and initial discussions with state and national authorities.
- Archaeological questions – how are the archaeological components unique in understanding the experiences of enslaved Africans and their descendants?
- Archaeological planning – what more can be learned from additional archaeological study of the site and what do planners need to know to design the project?
- Consideration of designations – the site is eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Designations such as a National Historic Landmark or UNESCO World Heritage site will also be investigated. These possible designations are being researched so that the City of Richmond can consider which to pursue.