Capitol Hill Restoration Society

Exposing Washington’s History with Archaeology’s New Tools- Overbeck Lecture

Posted on October 16th, 2019

Capitol Hill History will present at Overbeck Lecture, Exposing Washington’s History with Archaeology’s New Tools, Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.  

Twenty-five years ago, Washington’s archaeology program relied mostly on the traditional tools of shovels, trowels, and sieves. Those worked fine to uncover objects but there were clues to other important information that were left hidden.

At the next Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History Lecture on December 2, City Archaeologist Ruth Trocolli will highlight the contributions that new techniques and technologies, such as (GIS) Geographic Information System, aerial photography, LIDAR, and remote sensing, have made in understanding Washington’s history and its people. Dr. Brian Crane, archaeologist on the Historic Preservation Review Board, will provide examples of his work using 3D photogrammetry.

The illustrated lecture will take place on Monday, December 2 at 7:30 pm at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Admission is free, but a reservation is required due to limited seating. Reservations will be accepted through the Hill Center website beginning November 1.

To register, go to  or call 202-549-4172.  The organizers suggest that all guests arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the event. The doors will open at 7 pm for those who hold reservations. Available seats will be released to guests on the wait list beginning at 7:15. If you hold a reservation and find that you cannot attend, please contact the organizers, so that others might enjoy your unused seat.

For more information on the lecture series, visit