Archaeological Field Investigation at State Capitol Rescheduled


Public Invited to View Archaeological Work October 22 - 24

What secrets lie buried around one of North Carolina's oldest state government buildings? Find out at the North Carolina State Capitol this October from Thursday, October 22, to Sat., October 24 at an Archaeological Field Investigation on Capitol Square.

This free program is hosted by the Capitol in conjunction with the State Office of Archaeology, the University of North Carolina Greensboro's Archaeology and Geography Departments, and New South Associates, Inc., a private cultural resource management firm. This Field Investigation will take place during the Capitol's open hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The Capitol has served as the home of state government for 175 years and Union Square, now more commonly known as Capitol Square, has been the government center since the founding of Raleigh in 1792. Though the square has been excavated in the past, ongoing archaeological research is necessary to learn more about the grounds' buildings and inhabitants. Visitors will be able to witness archaeological techniques, such as ground penetrating radar, and speak with the investigators about their project work. There is no charge to watch the Field Investigation.

The State Capitol's mission is to preserve and interpret the history, architecture and functions of the 1840 Capitol building and Union Square. It is within the Division of State Historic Sites in the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and located at One Edenton Street in Raleigh. Please visit for more information.

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