- Professorial Lecturer in Anthropology and American Studies
- No on-campus office
- [email protected]
Areas of Expertise
Historical archaeology, community archaeology, preservation planning, urban development, African-American and Euro-American domestic life and material culture.
Dr. Cressey is a historical archaeologist specializing in community archaeology and preservation planning.
For many years the City Archaeologist for Alexandria, Virginia, Dr. Cressey has directed a variety of activities to study and preserve that city. This includes excavations at a plantation site on Shuter's Hill near the George Washington Masonic National Memorial and at the Alexandria Freedmen's Cemetery.
- Continued excavation at Shuter's Hill. Analysis and publication of materials from that site and others.
- Work on the Alexandria Heritage Trail, the Alexandria Contrabands and Freedmen's Cemetery Memorial Project, and related initiatives.
Ph.D. 1985, University of Iowa
M.A. 1973, University of Iowa
B.A. 1968, UCLA
Books and Monographs
2009 Cressey, P.J. "The Archaeology of Alexandria." In Archaeology in America An Encyclopedia, Ed. F. P. McManamon. Vol. 1, p. 176-180. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
2005 Cressey, P.J., and M.J. Anderson. Alexandria, Virginia (Digging for the Past). New York: Oxford University Press.
2000 Bromberg, F.W., S.J. Shephard, B.H. Magid, P.J. Cressey, T. Dennee and B.K. Means. To Find Rest From All Trouble: The Archaeology of the Quaker Burying Ground, Alexandria, Virginia. Alexandria, VA: Alexandria Archaeology Museum.
1993 Cressey, P.J. To Witness the Past: African American Archaeology in Alexandria, Virginia. Alexandria, VA: Alexandria Archaeology Museum.
1989 Cressey, P.J. The Nineteenth-Century Transformation and Spatial Development of Alexandria, Virginia. Alexandria, VA: Alexandria Archaeology Museum.
1985 Cressey, P.J. The Archaeology of Free Blacks in Alexandria, Virginia. Alexandria, VA: Alexandria Archaeology Museum.
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
2005 Cressey, P.J. "Community archaeology in Alexandria, Virginia." In L.A. De Cunzo and J.H. Jameson Jr., eds., Unlocking the Past: Celebrating Historical Archaeology in North America. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.
Historian of the Year Award, Alexandria Historical Society, 1999