Check out the details about FOAA’s essay contest open to students in grades 6 to 8 on the Activities/Special Projects page of this website!



Alexandria, Virginia, was founded in 1749. From its earliest days as an active port, it has played an important role in the history of the region and the nation. In addition to many historic buildings that still stand, the stories of Alexandria are underground, in old records, or passed on through oral history and story-telling.

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Alexandria Archaeology

Alexandria has an award-winning archeology program and was the first city in the U.S. to develop an archaeological code. 

You can learn about this active and vibrant program at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum in the Torpedo Factory along the waterfront.

What's New? Lots!



Friends of Alexandria Archaeology

Friends of Alexandria Archaeology (FOAA) began in 1986 to provide volunteer opportunities and increase public awareness of archaeology in Alexandria.

Our mission: To develop a common movement to support, advocate for, and preserve Alexandria's archaeology and history. 

Please join us to fulfill this mission!

Click on icons at bottom of the page to go to our Facebook & Twitter pages, or to email us!

©FOAA, c/o Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Photos credits: Map segment, Library of Congress; Photo of  Peace pitcher by Gavin Ashworth, Courtesy Ceramics in America. Unless otherwise indicated, all other photos on site courtesy of Alexandria Archaeology.