In Small(est) Things Forgotten

It may be a beautiful day to be in the field, but it is also an exciting day to be in the lab.  Our hawkeyed volunteer, Emiko, found the smallest bead yet recovered.  Please note, that scale is in millimeters!  The bead was recovered in the fine mesh water screen recovery from recent and ongoing excavations at a mid- to late-eighteenth century site.   We are exposing brick features to better understand the nature and style of architecture.  Go figure that while exposing large structural elements we would also be recovering the smallest and most personal of artifacts.

Tiny Glass "Seed" Bead Recovered from Excavations at the Old Colchester Park and Preserve

Tiny Glass “Seed” Bead Recovered from Excavations at the Old Colchester Park and Preserve

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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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