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Am-Arcs of Nevada invites you to attend its monthly meeting and lecture series. This month’s speakers are

Margo Memmott, M.A., RPA

There are Known Unknowns: Interpreting the Results from Archaeological Testing in the Streets of the Virginia City Historic District.

We anticipated archaeological discoveries during the work necessary to improve Virginia City Historic District’s wastewater systems. To identify which areas are most likely to contain archaeological resources, we completed a sensitivity analysis that was verified using Ground Penetrating Radar, backhoe trenching, shovel test probes, and targeted excavation units. This archaeological testing in the historic mining district helped to increase our knowledge of what lies beneath the streets, but many questions remain.

Alain Pollock, M.A., RPA

The Forgotten Neighborhood of the Comstock: Results of Test Excavations at Virginia City Block 242

In Summer 2016, Broadbent & Associates Inc. performed survey and test excavations at Block 242 that documented over thirty features, including building platforms, cellars, and stone foundations. Test excavations suggest that this was not only a residential neighborhood, but also home to public and commercial buildings, perhaps including a school. Upcoming mitigation of this site will focus on both public and private structures and will explore the possibility that this neighborhood contained the first Fourth Ward School.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Doors open with cookie and coffee social between 6:30 – 7:00 pm (outside doors automatically lock at 7:00 pm meeting time, so don’t be late!)

Desert Research Institute’s main entrance

2215 Raggio Parkway, Library – 1st door to the right on lower floor Reno, NV 89512


Bullion Ravine Neighborhood Virginia City Home – courtesy of Nevada Historical Society.

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