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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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Common Archaeological Definitions II

by Moni Islam – Archaeological Field and Lab Intern Absolute dating: The calculation of age in exact calendar years of an object or event. It is also referred to as chronometric dating. Absolute dating can often be achieved through scientific … Continue reading

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Mapping and Drawing

by Colleen Boyle – CART Archaeological Technician Recording field notes is one of the most important things archaeologists do in the field. Field notes often represent the final record of what was excavated, as archaeological excavation is an inherently destructive … Continue reading

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Looking It Up!

References are incredibly important and we use a lot of them. Here is a list of some of our favorites. We may add a few in the future. The pictures in the slide show above are examples of artifacts about … Continue reading

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It’s Snowing….Again. Lab Closed.

The lab is closed to volunteers today. A reminder and repost: The Archaeology Team prefers everyone live long full happy lives, so in any weather event, please stay off the roads if there is any question of safety regardless of the following protocol. Winter and … Continue reading

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