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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.

Lithic Flakes

by Brittany Blanchard – CART Archaeological Technician Creating stone tools is a reductive process called “chaîne opératoire” where a knapper, an individual skilled in lithic reduction, forms a rock into smaller, sharp tools by chipping away until the desired shape … Continue reading

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Raise a Glass to the New Year!

  We hope you had a wonderful holiday! It seems fitting that at Old Colchester Park and Preserve, we have found a few fragments of the base of stemware. Pictured below, the folded base rims date to about 1680 to … Continue reading

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Bottle Finishes

by Colleen Boyle – CART Archaeological Technician Hand-blown glass bottles have a variety of different styles depending on the intended use of the bottle, and when it was made. A bottle finish is a term used to describe the parts … Continue reading

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North American Gray Stoneware

by Emma Saaty – CART Archaeological Field and Lab Intern History: North American Stoneware was first produced in the English colonies of North America in the early 1700s, and was heavily influenced by British and German traditions. North American Gray … Continue reading

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