Tudor Place is unique among historic sites in Washington, DC, because most of its 5 ½ acres remain undisturbed by recent construction or development. As a result, the property has the potential to provide a rich material record of lost features and artifacts. Archaeological excavations are undertaken prior to any project that will disturb large areas and actual earth moving is monitored.
In 2010, a detailed Phase I survey of the 5 ½ acre site undertaken by Dovetail Cultural Resource Group, identified areas of occupation or significance warranting future investigation. That survey, and a 2009 report by archaeologists from the University of Maryland, have guided all later initiatives.
Excavations across the site have yielded insights into the development of Georgetown, and the Federal City; along with the lives and work of occupants, including those often absent from the written record, such as Native Americans, enslaved laborers and children.