Sunday, December 12, 2021

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2022 Archaeology Programs Update

Looking for unique gifts this holiday season...?

... the Full Program List for the 2022 Public Archaeology Programs is Ready!

Buy the gift of an unforgettable experience. Have a loved one (or yourself!) join us on one of our 3-day or week-long public archaeology programs. We divide our programs by type: Locate, Excavate, Analyze, and Reconstruct.


Spend three-five days learning and doing different archaeology survey techniques. From  mapping and recording natural or archaeological features through hands-on experiences to metal detecting and its use in finding historic sites. 

Woods program March 3-6

Metal Detecting November 13-18

Spend five days in our lab program to learn how we conserve, curate, and conserve archaeological findings; or join us for a special three-day program to see how the ages-old relationship between people and wine can be informative... and tasty!
Lab program March 13-18
Wine Program May 5-8



Over the course of a week, participants will be immersed in the archaeological process and spend four days excavating on our active archaeology site and an entire day in our archaeology laboratory.

March program March 27- April 1

April Program April 10-15

May program May 15-20

High School program July 10-15

Alum program September 18-23

Early October program October 2-7

Late October program October 23-28 

In this program, participants will use 19th century techniques to construct tables and chairs for the cabins in the domestic slave living area in the South Yard, as well as traditional hearth cooking.
South Yard program April 27-May 1

But wait, there's more!
We also are offering our annual month-long Summer Field School, which is taking place May 22- July 1; and be on the lookout for more information on our Summer Teacher's excavation program, which will take place July 24-29.
Explore and Register for Programs Here
Please contact us at with any questions. We hope to see you on a program in 2022!
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Orange, VA 22960

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Saturday, November 13, 2021

Deep Search in the NEWS

 Vice President Mike King featured in an article about his recent trip to Montpelier Va,

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Year End Message

 Well, 2020 has been a challenging year for Deep Search to say the least and saying the least might be a good idea. We did get a few meetings in before the Minnie B. Veal center was closed by COVID. Then we all learned how to use Zoom and had our virtual meetings.

We managed to hold our Civil War Relics Hunt in Culpeper VA which was a big first with 125 in attendance. Some of our members also worked with ECRDA on a charity hunt to help out the American Legion hall where they meet.

We are already working on some plans for 2021 to have our normal hunts as soon as conditions allow along with some new ideas that are in the works for more relic hunts both on the scale of Culpeper and some smaller ones. There will also be plenty of competition hunts, parties and other activities as soon as we can safely have them. So far, we have booked the pavilion in Deal to hold our HOLIDAY IN MAY party on the beach, so SAVE THE DATE!!! It will be Sunday May 2nd

We have been going over the results of the survey that everyone got during the summer and want to make the club even better in the future. Thank you all for participating.

As you may know Mitch Speert decided not to run again for 2nd Vice President and we sadly say goodbye to him as an officer but he will be at the meetings and events. Taking his place will be Dan Jurgens. Please keep Dan informed of any changes for the membership list and send him your 2021 membership dues as soon as possible. Even though we are not having regular meetings, we still have expenses to cover.

So as we head in to 2021, please be safe, fill your holes and get ready for a great year.

Donna Matushak-Funk

Friday, September 11, 2020

save the American Legion

 Folks, The American Legion Post 242 in Pompton Plains is where ECRDA meets. The post has had a hard time as COVID has cut their hall rental income to zero. ECRDA has obtained permissions on several private properties in Pompton Plains and the proceeds from this hunt will go to the American Legion Post so they can stay in business.