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Fredericksburg receives award for archaeological studies

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The city of Fredericksburg has received the Michael Hoffman Award for 2013 from the Council of Virginia Archaeologists.

The city was nominated by Kerri S. Barile and Michael L. Carmody of the Dovetail Cultural Resource Group.

They commended the city for its support of archaeological studies over the past five years.

Among the projects mentioned were the excavation of the current Courtyard by Marriott site in 2006. That work uncovered the remains of a 1750s-era store, the Indian Queen Tavern, which operated between 1772 and 1832, a probable slave quarter, and a pharmacy from 1908.

Also noted was the city’s support for work at the former Fredericksburg Hardware site. Brownstone townhouses are being built on that parcel.

And they mentioned the 2012 excavation of the site where the new courthouse is being built and the recent survey of land proposed for a Riverfront Park.

Barile and Carmody commended the city for conducting the work despite having no legal requirement. The city is also moving forward with creating an archaeological ordinance.

The Hoffman Award is given to organizations in Virginia that have made significant contributions to archaeological site preservation or historic preservation.

—Pamela Gould

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