Prehistorics

Currently CART is excavating north of the Occoquan River, a site once believed to be the location for a village marked on the 1608 map of Virginia and Maryland from John Smith’s early explorations.  Though we have not found any evidence of a large village marked Tauxenent on his map, we are finding quartz and quartzite flakes and tools.  Many of the artifacts date to the Woodland period of 1200 BC though contact around 1608 AD.  Check out this website for some information about Woodland cultures.
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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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