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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.

Yellow Ware Factory-Made Slipware

by Elizabeth Paynter – CART Lab Director Along with the sponged decoration discovered during the recent archaeological survey for a Hidden Pond Nature Center ADA trail, the CART lab has also been cataloging yellow ware factory-made slipware. Factory-made slipwares are … Continue reading

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Sponged Decorated Ceramics

by Daphne Ahalt – CART Assistant Lab Director The CART volunteers and lab staff have been busy sorting and cataloging artifacts recently excavated from a mid-19th century site. Among the ceramics recovered are a variety of sponge-decorated wares. Early sponge decoration was … Continue reading

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Lanceolate Points

by Avery Jones – Senior Archaeological Field and Lab Technician When looking at a projectile point and its role within the Native American toolkit, it is easy to think of it as only a hunting instrument. However, it was actually … Continue reading

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Discovering a Little More

Old Colchester Park and Preserve has several archaeological sites. The pipe bowl above was recently recovered from the site that CART unofficially refers to as “cemetery.” While there is a cemetery, we are not excavating any of the actual cemetery. … Continue reading

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