dig™: Dig: World History and Archeology magazine for kids


Every October is Virginia Archaeology Month, which includes lectures, site tours and other special events. For more information, visit: http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/arch_DHR/archaeo_index.htm.

At Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, home of George Washington, you can see artifacts that were excavated from his house, the slave quarters, and the blacksmith's shop. The estate offers programs in the spring and summer for children of all ages. The compound communicates the character and leadership of Washington to millions of Americans each year through a variety of interpretive programs. The estate includes a mansion tour, a four-acre colonial farm site, two museums, more than a dozen outbuildings, and four gardens. For more information, call (703) 780-2000 or go to: www.mountvernon.org.

Colonial National Historical Park, along with the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, administers two of the most historically significant sites in English North America: Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield. For more information, visit the National Park Service's website at www.nps.gov/colo/ or call Visitor Information at (757) 898-2410.

Alexandria Archaeology Museum organizes classes and education programs, including a field school. The main exhibit, called Archaeologists at Work: The Lee Street Site, displays the history of Alexandria found in one city block. For more information, call (703) 746-4399 or go to: http://oha.alexandriava.gov/archaeology/.

At Colonial Williamsburg, you’ll meet townspeople, political figures, and slaves who will tell you about their lives and reenact battles and other public interactions. Williamsburg also offers tours and special events that celebrate the nation's history. One special event occurring this year is the Colonial Williamsburg Speaker Series, which runs from March 5th to December 31st, 2013 and involves lectures from experts from all over the world. For more information, call (757) 229-1000, or visit the website: http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com.