New Historic Site – Volunteers Welcome

We apologize that this historic crew has been stealthy recently and not taking volunteers.  We have been working a new site, 44FX0704 and needed a little time to get a feel for the types of materials the site contained and, most importantly, familiarize ourselves with the stratigraphy.  This mission complete, we will again have volunteer days with the historic crew resuming this Thursday (November 3).

Megan and Robin starting the first unit at 44FX0704

Site 44FX0704 is often referred to as “the Cemetery Site” because there are several suspected burials and one until-recently legible headstone.  Burials, however, will not be a focus of our investigations.  For many, burial practices embody some of the most stongly held cultural sentiments.  How and where people choose to be buried is both personal and social.  Since the park is protected and no disturbance is planned for the site, the only ethical treatment of the burials is to leave them alone, just at the individual and their ancestors planned. 

Accordingly, our research questions are directed to a scattering of architectural debris outside the presumed burial area.  The historic record is nearly silent on this site.  What is it? A domestic residence with family lot?  A church? These are some of the questions we hope to answer.  Towards this end, we have excavated several units and identified several features, including one initial discovered during an earlier investigation.

 Feature 76 in Progress 

Additionally we have found new features to investigate.

Newly Identified Feature 82.

Newly Identified Feaure 83.
If you want to lend us a hand at the new site, drop us a line to let us know you are coming.  Hope to see you out there!

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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