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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.

Virginia Indian Heritage by Dr. Wood

Talk by Dr. Karenne Wood of the Virginia Indian Program on the history and culture of Virginia’s Native American peoples. Sunday, August 27, 3:30 to 4:30 at Pohick Regional Library.  Dr. Wood is the director of the Virginia Indian Programs … Continue reading

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Archaeological Functions

by Elizabeth Paynter – CART Lab Director When identifying and cataloging artifacts, archaeologists have several methods to increase the understanding of a site based on the collection of artifacts found. One of these methods used is classifying artifacts by function. … Continue reading

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CART Bi-Weekly Update

11 August 2017

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Fairfax 275: “Beginning from a White Oak Tree”

CART principal investigator and FCPA Senior Archaeologist Christopher Sperling, Gunston Hall Director Scott Stroh, and Fairfax County History Commissioner Debbie Robison discuss history, road, maps and people of Fairfax County. http://www.ebmcdn.net/fairfax/fairfax-county-viewer-cc.php?w=768&h=432&viewnode=ffx_275_beginning_white_oak_may_17 Also check out other interesting videos about 275th Fairfax County Anniversary. … Continue reading

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Shell Edge

by Colleen Boyle – CART Archaeological Technician Recent excavations by CART have recovered different types of ceramic artifacts, one type being shell edge refined earthenware. These sherds can be identified through their characteristic molded or embossed rims, some of which have … Continue reading

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CART Bi Weekly Update

28 July 2017

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Now that we found a feature, what do we do?

by Jean Cascardi – Archaeology Crew Chief Two weeks ago, we discussed archaeological features. This week’s blog is going to focus on the archaeological methodology we employ to define, excavate, and interpret features on archaeological sites. The first indication of an … Continue reading

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