COVA Fall 2020 Meeting (REMOTE)


The Fall 2020 COVA membership meeting will be held remotely via Zoom in the interest of health and safety. Members will receive meeting invites. Guests are welcome and should contact Garrett Fesler for further details.

Announcing the 2020 CoVA Photo Contest

Jolene Smith Committees, COVA News, Public Outreach

It’s that time again! This year we decided to have our annual photo contest during October’s Virginia Archaeology Month. Submissions in multiple categories are open to any CoVA member and voting will be open to everyone. See more details and complete rules.


  • Archaeological Landscapes/Site Overview
  • Archaeological Field Work in Progress
  • Archaeological Lab Work in Progress
  • Artifact
  • Public Outreach
  • Vintage (taken prior to 2000; includes excavation and lab/artifacts)
  • Graphics, Maps, and Visualizations


October 1-16 Submissions open

October 19-23 Voting for all categories

October 26-30 Category winners voting for Grand Prize

Spring 2020 COVA Meeting (REMOTE)


We are shifting our upcoming May meeting to a virtual format, same time, May 8th, 1pm. COVA members will receive an email link to a Zoom meeting; the full membership meeting will consist of Executive Board reports and be brief. Then, those of you on committees or who are interested in joining a committee will follow a link sent by the Chair to a Committee Break Out Session, following the format of our spring meetings. We will defer motions or votes until the fall meeting. Reports from Committee Sessions will be included in Spring Meeting Minutes and the newsletter.

Join us for COVA’s Spring meeting, hosted by our colleagues at Montpelier.

2020 COVA Grants for Preservation, Public Education, and Research

admin Budget, COVA News

For a tenth year we are soliciting members to submit proposals for projects to be considered for funding under the COVA grant program. Project topics must fall within one of the three main categories that traditionally have made up the core of COVA’s mandate: Preservation, Public Education, and Research. Projects that have as broad a reach as possible (ie. are aimed more at state-wide issues rather than focusing on site- specific activities) are strongly encouraged. The membership has authorized the expenditure of up to $1000 total in 2020, with a maximum award of $500 to any individual applicant. The review process is competitive, and COVA reserves the right to award less than the allotted amount.

To apply, submit a 2-3 page prospectus, to include the names and specific qualifications of the project participants, a complete budget, proposed work schedule, and detailed portrayal of the final product and its value to Virginia archaeology. To qualify, the project must be led by a full COVA member in good standing at the time the application is submitted. COVA grant monies need not be the sole source of funding for project.

The deadline for receiving proposals is June 5, 2020. The successful applicant(s) will be announced via the COVA email list shortly thereafter.

After completion of the project, the recipient will present their findings at the next COVA meeting outlining their project, findings, and the impact of the COVA grant on the project.

Attach the proposal to an e-mail addressed to: Derek Wheeler, Chair COVA Budget Committee dwheeler AT