COVA Fall 2022 Meeting

Beth Bollwerk Admin

This meeting will be in person at Williamsburg in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Archaeological Society of Virginia.  Stay tuned for more details.

COVA Spring Meeting


This meeting will be in person at Patrick Henry’s Red Hill.

DHR Accepting Threatened Sites Proposals Until May 15th

Beth Bollwerk Admin

DHR is now accepting proposals to the Threatened Sites Program. This program offers small grants to provide assistance for archaeological sites that are being endangered by erosion, pending development, or vandalism and collections endangered by neglect, unstable curation environment, or disposal. These grants do not address standing structures, only archaeological sites. All work associated with these grants must be completed within the state fiscal year in which they are awarded. All awardees must be registered with the state procurement system before a grant is awarded or must work for and bill through a state college or university or government agency. All work must be supervised by an archaeologist who meets the Secretary of the Interior Standards. The Threatened Sites application form can be found on the DHR website here,  Applications and supporting materials are due to Dr. Elizabeth Moore by May 15, 2022.

Virginia Archaeology Month


October is Virginia Archaeology Month! Learn more at

Historic photograph of African American students and a contemporary photo of archaeology at a school site.

Virginia Archaeology Month 2021 Poster. Theme: Black Scholarship Across Time

Membership Meeting (Remote)


Join us in Gather for the spring meeting. Members will be emailed the link. Guests are welcome to contact us for an invite.

Mike Klein, 1956 – 2021

Mike was a premier expert on prehistoric pottery in Virginia and outstanding archaeologist, he was also the kindest, most selfless, amazing man you would ever have the pleasure of knowing. Mike’s explosive and genuine laugh could instantly bring a smile to your face and his kindhearted nature allowed him to connect with everyone he came in contact with throughout his life. Mike loved working with students and doing all he could to help them advance their understanding of archaeology. There is a giant hole in all our hearts with him being gone, but we can rest easy knowing he is back with his beloved wife Joan who he lost in 2015.

From Kerry Gonzalez to the COVA Membership

Cliff Boyd, 1953 – 2021

Cliff Boyd was a long-time COVA member, serving on many committees including the State Plan committee and leading the Membership committee for many years. He was a nationally recognized archaeologist and forensic researcher at Radford University. Cliff touched many lives and will be missed.