Saturday at Hidden Pond Park

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The day started out windy and we feared for falling branches.  But it turned into a lovely day to be doing archaeology at Hidden Pond Park.

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We put out the Banner!

Today we started doing shovel test pits (STPs) in an area of the park being considered for improvements.  Later we will be putting in larger, 1 meter square, test units to look at the area in a more controlled manner.  Earlier work indicated this Native American hunter-gatherers used parts of the park to acquire local quartz for use in stone tool production.

The work we are currently doing is to get an idea of what parts of the landscape were most intensely used, for what purposes, with any luck we will find evidence of when.  This project is being done as a team effort between Cultural Resources and the Planning and Development Division and is a good example of how the Park Authority seeks to provide county residents with the services they require while remaining excellent stewards of the irreplaceable resources in the parks.

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Total Station for establishing the grid and mapping test locations .

If you want to lend a hand, either in the field or lab, you can click on the “Contact Us!” tab at the top of the page.

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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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