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Colonial Williamsburg Looking To Build A New Archaeology Center

WILLIAMSBURG-Colonial Williamsburg is moving forward with plans for the new Colin G. and Nancy N. Campbell Archeology Center, which the foundation hopes to open on South Nassau Street across from the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.


Colonial Williamsburg is requesting a rezoning of a portion of the property at 400 South Nassau Street as well as a special use permit for the removal of 54 parking spaces in the City of Williamsburg’s Downtown Parking District to accommodate the construction of the new public archeology center. The Williamsburg Planning Commission is expected to hear input about the requests at its meeting on Wednesday, October 20.


Colonial Williamsburg would like to construct the new Colin G. and Nancy N. Campbell Archeology Center (CAC) as an additional attraction for guests to the Historic Area. The center will be home to the nation’s most comprehensive collection of 18th century archaeological objects and other materials.

The proposed CAC also features guest services, a learning center, and a covered outdoor arcade with walkways to public restrooms as well as climate control artifact processing space, artifact accessioning and analysis labs, documentation labs, research offices, and meeting spaces.


Artifacts and the science of this new working archeology lab will be on display for guests interested in the process of uncovering the country’s history through archeology. Colonial Williamsburg hopes to increase tourism and enhance the experience of visitors to the Historic Area through this new project.


Williamsburg’s Planning Commission will meet at 3:30pm on October 20 in the Stryker Center on N. Boundary Street.

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