On November 14, 2003 Hopewell's archaeology program was presented to a large academic audience at the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, held this year in Charlotte, North Carolina. A five foot wide poster (pdf) titled "Community Based Archaeology: Exploring the Heritage of Hopewell, Virginia" held up the city's archaeology program as a model for other medium-sized communities. Besides summarizing the results of research, the poster emphasized the importance of including citizens in the archaeological process—along with city government, academic researchers, the National Park Service, and the Historic Hopewell Foundation. Archaeologists from states across the Southeastern U.S. were impressed with proactive and innovative approaches to archaeology in Hopewell.
Several articles about the project and related topics have appeared in local newspapers
- "A Digging Battle over City Point"
September 10, 2003
- Letter to the Editor (by Dennis Blanton, William & Mary Center for Archaeological Research) (pdf)
September 15, 2003
- "History Happening in Hopewell"
June 25, 2003
- "Hopewell Unearths its History at Road Show"
June 10, 2003
- "Council Listens to Relic Hunter's Side of Story; No Action Taken"
September 23, 2003
At the Sept. 9 meeting of City Council, all seven members unanimously voted to send a letter of opposition to the Virginia Marine Resource Center over an underwater recovery permit. That permit was applied for by City Pointe Recoveries, a partnership of divers, archaeologists, Civil War enthusiasts and recovery workers...
- "Council Issues Letter of Opposition on Underwater Archaeology"
September 10, 2003
Hopewell City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to send a letter to the Virginia Marine Resource Commission in opposition to the issuing of a recovery permit which would allow underwater archaeological digs in the area.
- "Digging History: William & Mary Unearthing the Past of Weston Manor"
August 7, 2003
Bricks, an 1848 penny, glass, bone fragments and more have made their way up through the dirt and grime of time at Weston Manor. For the past four weeks students and college graduates have been working with William & Mary digging up the past at Weston Manor in cooperation with Historic Hopewell Foundation Inc. and the city o......
- "Area Residents Bring out History through Artifacts and Stories"
Wednesday, June 18, 2003
Whether it was his story or her story, about 50 or so residents gathered at the Community Center to share artifacts and stories of the Hopewell of the past. Whether it was the past of the Native Americans to the area, the past of the Civil War or the industrial past of Hopewell, residents who were interested and willing to come out eve......