DescriptionGermanna and the Ironworkers Lecture featuring Dr. Eric Larsen
Museum staff, members, and friends joined together on Thursday, March 17th, at 6:30pm at the German-American Heritage Museum for a reception and lecture by Germanna archaeologist Dr. Eric Larsen. Dr. Larsen discussed the archaeological significance of the Germanna site and described the ongoing process of researching and excavation.
This exhibit presents the story of the founding of the westernmost settlement of the British Empire, and the surprising fact that it was German speaking from the very beginning. The visitor will come away with a deeper understanding of how the imperatives of trade, transatlantic migration, and geopolitics drove Virginia’s colonial Governor Alexander Spotswood to identify, recruit and settle talented ironworkers from the German Siegerland to a small fort on the frontier of European civilization.
Eric Larsen, Ph.D., Germanna Foundation archaeologist, has more than 25 years of archaeological experience, having worked with the National Park Service at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and for the University of Maryland on sites in Annapolis, Maryland. He directed fieldwork at the Freedmen’s and Contraband Cemetery for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, and has assisted with excavations at George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm (near Fredericksburg, Virginia) for the George Washington Foundation. He has taught introductory Archaeology classes and trained numerous students through a variety of Field Schools primarily in the Mid-Atlantic States.