National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Archeology Contributions: Successes (and Shortcomings) in Unexpected Situations at Two Historic Sites of the George Washington Memorial Parkway
Matthew Virta- Cultural Resources Program Manager, George Washington Memorial Parkway
Archeological investigations conducted to identify historic properties as part of compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act often yield additional information to benefit the resources and the undertaking. Case studies from two National Park Service sites, Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial (ARHO) and Glen Echo Park (GLEC) both under the administration of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, provide examples from unexpected situations during project implementation. A late change in location of installation of utilities into the circa 1803 North Dependency/Slave Quarters at ARHO and unforeseen conditions during subfloor excavations for renovations of the circa 1914 Yellow Barn at GLEC necessitated archeological investigations by GWMP personnel. The findings resulted in unanticipated discoveries that altered project design plans and augmented site histories and interpretive opportunities.