In 1981 an archaeological excavation was begun at a site in the Anacostia neighborhood of SE Washington, DC known as Howard Rd. The construction of the metro station served as an impetus for the explorations into the material past of Anacostia’s African American residents. Six years of sporadic digging yielded 75 cartons loaded with approximately 100,000 artifacts. Three boxes of field notes accompanied the collection. The project was begun by Soil Systems Inc. (SSI), discontinued in 1982, and picked back up in 1984 by Louis Berger and Associates (LBA).
Permanent Collection, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum