The day in the life….

Well actually about a week in the life of feature fill at 44FX3197.  All feature fill soil is processed through waterscreen, and it goes a little something like this…..
after the soil is saved in large sandbags,

 it is divided into buckets with baking soda and made into mud.  Then dumped into our waterscreen set-up and hosed down to remove all soil and small sand debris….

Some artifacts are noticed while waterscreening, like this small piece of ceramic
After all the soil is washed away and the water through the screen runs clear it is placed in the garage to air dry, and we weigh the rocks and bricks recovered from the level
When the sample is dry, it is rebagged in plastic bags and transported to the JLC lab to be processed, 
We 1/4″ screening all the remaining artifacts and rocks, and then fine sort to recover all the small artifacts. (like these small fish bones and fish scales)
Please send us an email if you would like to help in the lab or field to be a part in the life of feature soil. 

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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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