“County” Archaeological Research Team???

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Well, maybe not yet.  However, CART has been working at another park, the Ash Grove Historic Site.  CART is coordinating with our architectural historians and Park Operations for the preservation of the meathouse at the site.  The wood sill was coming in contact with soil on the outside of the structure and brick on the inside of the structure.  This wicked moisture, contributing to the deterioration of the woodwork.  Because grading was necessary outside and lowering the floor needed on the inside, CART was asked to mitigate any impacts to archaeological resources.  It has been an interesting project.  The existing modern brick floor is underlain by 30-40cm of sand above the presumed original dirt floor.  The interior is brick lined.  So far we have found large amounts of bone, including piglet, cow, and, of course, rodent.  This investigation is giving us a more thorough understanding of the day to day activities of the residents…residents whose name happened to be Fairfax!

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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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