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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.

CART Bi-Weekly Update

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Happy 4th of July

With the Fourth of July approaching, we thought we would feature an artifact appropriate for the holiday. During recent excavations, CART archaeologists recovered this button.  It has the monogram letters “RA” over the number “2.”  A little bit of research … Continue reading

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Artifact Type Collections

by Elizabeth Paynter – CART Lab Director An artifact type collection is a collection archaeologist’s use for comparison to aid in identification. It is sometimes referred to as a comparative collection. Any artifact that exhibits features that we may want … Continue reading

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In Review: Some of our Blog Post Links

Interested in archaeology? There is a lot of information even on this website alone. Looking for something specific, here are some past blog posts that might be of interest. Artifacts Typologies Buttons Eighteenth Century Buttons and More on Eighteenth Century … Continue reading

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Tips to Avoid Ticks!

As spring and summer is upon us, a fun video from Fairfax County Health Department: tips to prevent tick bites. https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/tick-bite-prevention-music-video    

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Whatever Floats your Artifacts

by Robin Ramey – CART Assistant Lab Director Here at CART we utilize three primary screening methods to recover artifacts: (1) dry screening, (2) water screening, and (3) flotation. While dry screening and water screening are great methods for recovering … Continue reading

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