Sweatin’ the details

Earlier this week, the historic crew was digging a test unit on the main town site.  What was initially thought to be an odd, sloping stratum was quickly recognized as a feature edge and additional units laid in and excavated to further expose and hopefully characterize.  Several test units later, we have some definition of this very red, linear feature.  Although we are still determining the extent and nature of Feature 36, it does appear to be intact and an aspect of the Old Colchester landscape.

While exposing Feature 36 we encountered several large bone fragments right at the interface between the feature and overlying soils.  They seemed like they were more an aspect of the feature and left in place.  However, owing to the very acid nature of the soils, faunal recovery has been very rare.  These seemed like some of the best specimens to date.  We realized that if we waited to remove the animal bone until the remainder of the feature was exposed we risked loosing them to the elements.  So, a decision was made to point plot the bone and remove it.  Chris carefully excavated the first bone fragments, butchered joint segments, possibly cow.  Hmmm…beef stew.

Next, in an adjacent unit, Robin found several pig teeth and the managed to recover them, despite their extreme fragility.

Moving forward we still need to further expand.  However, this is yet another example of the archaeological riches of Old Colchester.


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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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