BBQ Colonial Style

Bone preservation on the town site has been very poor, owing to acid soils we believe.  When we come across bone, there is usually little of it and its condition is usually more goo than solid.  However, excavation into Feature 52, the fill within a stone masonry cellar, identified the largest bone piece yet found on site.

Very careful excavation was necessary using homemade bamboo tools and the sharpened end of a small paint brush.  Even so, not all the bone survived.  The bone was softer than the surrounding soil, complicating matters.

However, enough remained and was exposed for a tentative field identification as maxillary, cranial, and vertebral fragments.  You can see a diagram at the bottom of this page on mammal anatomy.  The next challenge will be to see if it can be successfully removed.  At least we have the pictures.  

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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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