NOVA’s Summer HIS 188 Course, Field Survey Techniques in Archaeology

8 week course, beginning Tuesday June 5th with class sessions Tuesday nights on the Loudoun campus (NVCC) and Saturday mornings at area historical sites. Taught by Professor Patrick O’Neill. Students are responsible for their own transportation. The course has no pre-requisites.

Some local sites:
• Chapman’s Mill in Prince William County
• Bristoe Station Battlefield west of Manassas,
• Fairfax County Archaeology Research Lab in Annandale
• Ball-Sellers House in Glen-Carlyn, Robert Ball Sr. Cemetery, in Ballston

Some possible topics to be covered in the course:
• architectural details and dating
• local, county, state, Federal significance of architectural history
• National Register site evaluation
• Measured drawings and photographs
• use of hand compass – conduct pedestrian surveys and mapping
• laying out grids – artifact collecting and excavation
• GIS – finding and comparing sites and locations
• LIDAR technology – finding sites
• land parcel maps (deeds/patents) – finding sites and buildings
• USGS topographic maps – locating and mapping sites and landforms
• aerial photographs – finding and mapping sites
• Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps – finding buildings
• Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) – finding foundations, graves, pits…

If you speak French and would like to intern in France this summer, then

check out this opportunity (more public history than historic preservation).  There are some specific conditions to be met:

Apply for the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee (ACSCC)
Summer Internship In Caen, France
 this July

Each summer Sister Cities Alexandria and Caen exchange student interns who work at each of the respective City Halls. The interns have the opportunity to represent their city while working and living in the other city and strengthening the friendship between the two cities.  Caen is a city in Normandy, approximately two hours from Paris.  For more information about Caen, visit The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee is also looking for a host family for the student intern from Caen this July for four weeks. For more information, please email

Internship Description:

  • One month of full-time employment at the Caen City Hall as an English-speaking tour guide.  This involves memorizing historical information about City Hall and providing several tours per day to English-speaking tourists.
  • Stipend of 1100 euros provided by the Caen City Government;
  • Free housing provided in a university dorm or with a family arranged by the Caen-Alexandria Sister City Committee; intern must pay for meals, plane ticket, and local travel expenses.
  • Opportunities to meet and socialize with members of the Caen-Alexandria Sister City Committee.

Applicants need:

  • The ability to speak, read, and understand French with ease;
  • To be a resident of the City of Alexandria;
  • To be 18-21 years old
  • To have completed at least one year of college.  Must be comfortable living independently in a dorm.
  • Good social and communication skills;
  • Excellent references;
  • The ability to cover travel expenses to and from Caen as well as in-country expenses.
  • Willingness to socialize with members of the Caen-Alexandria Sister City Committee.

DEADLINE: Applications and a current resume should be submitted online by March 30, 2018. Please feel free to email any questions to the general Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee email address at


NOTE:  This internship is contingent on the availability of funding from the City of Alexandria.  

Free Public Program: The Women Pioneers of Reston

Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7pm
Location: Jo Ann Rose Gallery at RCC Lake Anne
Among those Bob Simon assembled to assist in Reston’s creation were some very accomplished women, including the architect Chloethiel Woodard Smith, and Carol Lubin, Jane Wilhelm and Priscilla Ames who made important contributions in areas of education and community development. This program will explore their impact as well as that of women residents who played important roles in Reston’s early development. We also will provide a brief overview of women who have been key players in Reston’s development over the last 50 years and remain key today. There will be a slide presentation followed by a panel discussion.


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