Upcoming Cancellations for Fieldwork Volunteers!


The CART wanted to remind you that next weekend from Thursday, March 22nd to Sunday, March 25th, the Mid-Atlantic Archaeological Conference is taking place in Virginia Beach.  The website for the annual meeting, as well as a finalized schedule is here. Most of the CART team will be attending, and so fieldwork is cancelled that Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Please note that volunteers are still welcome to join Elizabeth at JLC on Thursday and Friday! Contact her at colchesterlab@gmail.com if you are interested!

Members of the CART crew will be presenting in a session about archaeology on park land. The full description is below. We hope to see you there!

Friday Afternoon, March 23
Track C (Captains Table B)
Session 7: Parkaeology: Archaeological Roles, Responsibilities, and Current Projects
Organized by Christopher Sperling (Fairfax County Park Authority)

Parks and Park divisions in the greater Washington D.C. area provide numerous services to the community and assume a wide range of responsibilities to cultural resources management and interpretation. Specific parks are often tasked with the excavation and interpretation of archaeological sites to the general public as well as with educational responsibilities. Furthermore, these parks must effectively manage resources, weighing site protection against participation and publicity. Additionally, Park departments regularly serve compliance roles in review and permitting of private development as well as planning for the use of public lands and broad policy. Both individual parks and park authorities share common concerns such as the successful maintenance of volunteer and educational programs, collections management and interpretation, and of course securing funding sources. This session will take a glimpse into some of the activities at parks and within park departments ranging from current research, to outreach, education, staffing, and funding.

1:00 PM
Research Archeology in Our National Parks: A Case Study from Monocacy National Battlefield
Katherine Birmingham (National Park Service – Monocacy National Battlefield)
1:20 PM
ARCHAEOLOGY in Fairfax County Parks Elizabeth Crowell (Fairfax County Park Authority)
1:40 PM
Archaeology of a Park: The Colchester Example
Christopher Sperling (Fairfax County Park Authority)
2:00 PM
Walking the Ridges and Digging the Prehistory of Mason Neck 
Alisa Pettitt (Fairfax County Park Authority) and Jonathan Mayes (Fairfax County Park Authority)
2:20 PM
Buried at Church or Buried at Home, Either Way, You’re Still Dead; Excavations near the Cemetery Site of Colchester, Va.
Megan Veness (Fairfax County Park Authority) and Robin Kuprewicz (Fairfax County Park Authority)

2:40 PM

3:05 PM
Pounding Out the Details and Redrawing the Lines: Colchester Revisited
Robin Kuprewicz (Fairfax County Park Authority) and Megan Veness (Fairfax County Park Authority)
3:20 PM
Please Touch! Hands-on Learning at an Archaeological Park
Kate Dinnel, Kelly Cooper, and Kim Popetz (all Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum)
3:40 PM
Public Archeology in Fairfax County Virginia 
Richard L. Eilers (Archaeological Society of Virginia )
4:00 PM
Michael B. Barber (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)


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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