Our Mission: To empower undergraduates through life-changing experiences in archaeological field research.

About the Institute

The Longwood Institute of Archaeology (IoA) engages students in hands-on learning through archaeological projects for public and private clients. Through the IoA, students majoring in Anthropology and Archaeology participate in a wide variety of research initiatives and cultural resource management projects where they learn practical, real-world career skills.

The Institute of Archaeology is operated by a skilled team of professional archaeologists with extensive experience in archaeological research and the cultural resource management industry. Under the team's guidance, undergraduate students are engaged on projects and apply their skills while earning a real wage for their efforts.

This exciting initiative offers unprecedented educational opportunities for our students. We will never lose our focus on students and making their educational experience at Longwood the best that it can possibly be, thus shaping their futures in positive ways.

Our services include:

  • Phase I, II, and III Archaeological Investigations
  • Cemetery Delineations
  • Evaluation and Mitigation of Military Sites
  • Archeological Assessments and NRHP Nomination
  • Architectural History
  • Historical and Archival Research
  • Assistance Moving Through the Process of Compliance Archaeology
  • Collections Management and Database Inventories
  • GIS, Mapping, and Spatial Analysis

Partnering organizations:

  • Archaeological Society of Virginia
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Virginia Department of Historic Resources
  • Virginia State Parks
  • Preservation Virginia
  • United States Forest Service 

  • Red Hill - The Patrick Henry National Memorial
  • Virginia Army National Guard - Fort Pickett
  • Guana Island
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