Mason Neck Underground: From Prehistory to the Early Republic

 This Saturday from 9AM to 4PM at Gunston Hall! $50 for the general public, and $40 for FOFA members. 

Dave Shonyo, Gunston Hall Plantation’s staff archaeologist
Dave will be giving us an update about archaeological excavations at Gunston Hall. His “George Mason’s Landscape: Pieces of the Puzzle” will explore the historic site’s complexity. And a lunchtime tour of the mansion will show you how artifacts excavated on the property have provided clues about items used by the Mason family.
Paul Inashima, consulting archaeologist
Paul will present “What Mason Saw: Lexington and its Environs in the Time before Being.” Lexington, which was the neighboring plantation belonging to George Mason of Gunston Hall’s son George, V, is now on state park property.
Mike Johnson, independent archaeologist
Retired in 2011 after 30 years of doing archaeology for the County of Fairfax, Mike will talk about many of—but not all because there just is notenough time—the Mason Neck prehistoric sites he identified and studied. Be ready to be wowed by photos of some great stone artifacts during “Prehistoric Sites on Mason Neck.”
Christopher Sperling, County of Fairfax archaeologist
Chris first came to Mason Neck as lead historic archaeologist with the Colchester Archaeological Research Team (CART) when that project began in 2010. (Colchester being a Colonial port town on the Occoquan River side of Mason Neck.) Come hear the latest about CART’s excavations so far in his talk titled “Cracking Colchester: Ongoing Investigations.”
Wendy Miervaldis, adjunct professor, Seton Hall University
With advanced degrees in mathematical sciences and quantitative methods, Wendy’s applied her knowledge to analyzing Gunston Hall’s carriage circle. Her study included exhaustive research into similar cultural landscape features on comparable historic properties. And you can explore the carriage circle area for yourself during the symposium’s lunch break so you can be ready for her talk right afterwards: “Modeling the Carriage Circle at Gunston Hall.”
Douglas Comer, CSRM, Inc.
On the international level, Dr. Comer specializes in planning for the management and interpretation of archaeological sites and landscapes. On the local level—i.e., Mason Neck, just up Colchester Road from where CART is working—he will present to us his “Finding the French in Fairfax County: The Search for the Revolutionary War Rochambeau Camp.”
Co-Sponsored by:            
Gunston Hall Plantation, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton, VA 22079 
Friends of Fairfax County Archaeology & Cultural Resources (FOFA)


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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