Tudor Place

Archaeology

Ongoing, award-winning archaeological surveys at Tudor Place have yielded clues to the early years of Georgetown and the capital city, including likely locations of a dwelling for enslaved workers and dependencies of an urban estate. Learn more about past and planned excavations.

Tudor Place is unique among historic sites in Washington, D.C., in that most of its 5½ acres remain intact and free from recent construction or development. As a result, the ground below also lies undisturbed, a rich material record of lost features and occupations awaiting discovery. In 2010, a detailed Phase I survey of the site undertaken by Dovetail Cultural Resource Group, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, identified areas of occupation or significance warranting future investigation. That survey and a 2009 report by researchers from the University of Maryland, have guided all work undertaken since. Ongoing, award-winning excavations already are yielding insights into the site’s past and its occupants; the development of Georgetown, the Federal City, and their region; and the lives and works of occupants, including those often absent from the written record, such as Native Americans, slave workers, and other laborers. And the museum’s growing collection of archaeological artifacts is also an invaluable resource for the study of Georgetown as it transformed from a mid-18th century commercial and cultural hub into a source for goods and services supporting the new Federal City in the early 19th century.