RCC-RILL sponsors new archaeology course

Thane Harpole and David Brown will teach “Studying and Protecting Our Historic Places: Virginia's Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula,” on October 24 and 31, and November 7.

Thane Harpole and David Brown will teach “Studying and Protecting Our Historic Places: Virginia’s Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula,” on October 24 and 31, and November 7.

The Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) will bring back archaeology experts Dr. David Brown and Thane Harpole for a new course on “Studying and Protecting Our Historic Places: Virginia’s Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.” The three sessions will be held on October 24 and 31, and November 7 (Fridays), from 1 to 3 p.m., at RCC’s Glenns Campus.

The first class will provide an overview of Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck history, with emphasis on the region’s surviving historic buildings, landscapes, and archaeological sites. Discussion will include important architectural and archaeological trends, events, and persons.

The second class will cover the process of documenting historic buildings and places, and will include the site inventory of the Department of Historic Resources, the Virginia Historic Landmarks Register, and the National Register of Historic Places. The third class will discuss ways to recognize, study, and preserve history and historic places; the proper maintenance and restoration of historic buildings; grants and funding sources for community-based research and recognition; preservation easements; and the care and preservation of archaeological sites.

Both Brown and Harpole received their undergraduate degrees, and Brown his doctorate, from the College of William & Mary, and have conducted archaeological research in Gloucester County since 1994. They are co-directors of the Fairfield Foundation and founding members of the Werowocomoco Research Group.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Studying and Protecting Our Historic Places: Virginia’s Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707), or e-mail her at sdrotleff@rappahannock.edu.