Collaborations & Awards
To advance the museum’s mission to preserve the buildings, collections, and landscape, Tudor Place relies on grant-funded excavations undertaken by archaeologists knowledgeable in the material culture of the Mid-Atlantic and Chesapeake region.In June 2012, the District of Columbia Office of Planning’s Historic Preservation Office awarded Tudor Place its annual Award for Excellence in Archaeology. The museum was commended for going “above and beyond to identify, manage, and preserve the estate’s buried historical record,” through completion of the 20120 Phase I Survey undertaken in partnership with Dovetail Cultural Resource Group. Dovetail specialists and other professionals engaged by Tudor Place abide by the Code of Ethics stipulated by the Society of Historical Archaeology and by the Society of American Archaeology’s Principles of Archaeological Ethics. Each team works collaboratively with the Tudor Place Director of Preservation, the Buildings and Grounds Committee, and the Curator, as well as local authorities such as the District of Columbia’s State Historic Preservation Officer and Archaeologist, to hone research questions, prioritize areas of excavation, identify artifacts, recommend and implement conservation treatments, and share findings with the public and scholarly community. The museum also encourages its 21st-century neighbors on adjoining properties to work collaboratively with the museum so that structures or artifacts associated with the original 8½-acre estate purchased by Martha and Thomas Peter can be incorporated into the museum’s Collection and documentation.