Reflections on a Feature

So, as this stage of fieldwork at Colchester is winding down, we thought it would be interesting to look back at one of our more iconic Features, the “GMU Foundation,” the a.k.a. the “Morris Pound Foundation, a.k.a the “blue slate wall, ” what we officially call Feature 25.

This was a feature found by a George Mason University field school in the mid-1980s.  To take a stroll down CART memory lane, we started looking for this stone foundation since we started. Then in December 2010/January 2011, we found it, as detailed in this blog post. Then for over a year we spent any free time we had exposing the remainder of the foundation with the help of our interns and volunteers.

Then, in March 2012 we started and completed new excavations into the cellar. And we managed to get to the bottom of it without it flooding…again!  As soon as our current tests were documented, we started prepping it for backfill.  Well, today our Area 3 crew brought fill dirt and, well, the pictures tell the story.  Til next field season…

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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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