Virtual Colchester Evolving

These screenshots were taken from CART’s GIS . Marion has been doing some interesting and important work. First she created a 3D rotatable image from a two-foot contour map. Then projected the town plat, the lines you see on the ground. The structures in gray are real. The largest structure is the “Fairfax Arms.” It is the only structure from the town that is still standing it was a tavern/inn known to have been frequented by George Washington. The other two gray structures are only known because of archaeology, ours and earlier work. The reddish brown structures are projections from a Revolutionary War map. This map has been found to be quite accurate. We have only started to “populate” the landscape. There is still a lot we can put in the town and throughout the park. This is one of the most important periods, and a logical place to start. However, there is about 9000 years of human history there and we hope to be able to represent all major periods as accurately as data allow. You may notice that there are different tree types represented. The choice of tree types is not speculative, but rather based on the analysis of charred wood samples excavated by CART. This is a tool that we can use professionally for analysis and hopefully someday share with the professional community.

 

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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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