CART Summer

Jonathan and Megan working on an MTU. The close proximity to the road makes carrying equipment so much easier!

Jonathan and Megan working on an MTU. The close proximity to the road makes carrying equipment so much easier!

by Kayla MarciniszynField Archaeologist

It is without question that the weather this summer has been unseasonably mild, and the field crew is loving every minute of it! The beautiful weather has certainly made for an enjoyable field season through August of this summer. CART is currently working on surveying an area of Old Colchester Park and Preserve along Hyde Street. This area is the confluence of several sites and CART is attempting to refined boundaries and discern artifact concentrations. The presence of a plow zone in the majority of the MTUs (mini test units), tell us the area has been disturbed in the past and probably had a wide occupation range. The crew has uncovered prehistoric flakes and pottery as well as early and modern ceramics and glass fragments.

While the crew works diligently to finish this portion of the survey, we have been able to admire some of the animal and plant life presence in that area of the park. The open area seems to be less appealing to ticks but there is a lot of poison ivy out there (poison ivy is common in more disturbed areas) and a few ground bees’ nests. Despite these occupational hazards, the CART crew has seen groups of deer strolling through the area, snakes, lizards, and the occasional praying mantis. The exciting wildlife always makes for a more interesting day in the field.

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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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