Get by with a little help from our friends

It has been a incredible couple weeks when it comes to the community’s embrace of CART.  Last week, the a Boy Scout conducted his Eagle Scout project, amassing a crew to clear brush along Old Colchester Road.  This week we had excellent volunteer turnout.  In addition, two interns from George Mason University as well as four interns from a local high school are lending a hand.

This outpouring has enabled us to accomplish more than we could possibly have hoped.  The clearing done for the Eagle Scout project allowed us to place tests in previously inaccessible portions of the town site and cleared vegetation around the foundation found by GMU in the 1980s.  This week, we gridded off the foundation area and our high school interns started removing the overburden that has accumulated over the past 30 years.  Our volunteers started excavating in what had been overgrown areas and are finding more colonial period deposits.  And, with volunteer and intern assistance, we have opened up tests in the southern portion of the town site.  Already, we have identified at least four new features all of which are likely town period.

Our small staff would have been hard pressed to finish in weeks what we have been able to accomplish in days thanks to all the hard work from the Scout’s family and friends, our ASV and non-ASV volunteers, and our interns.  Thanks!  By the way, what are you all doing next week? I hear it is supposed to be good weather to be outside…


About cartarchaeology

We are the County Archaeological Research Team, part of the Archaeology and Collections Branch, Resource Management Division, Fairfax County Park Authority. We are tasked with understanding and managing the cultural resources on Park land throughout Fairfax County.
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