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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.

A Few Common Archaeological Definitions

Archaeology – the study of human past through material remains. Artifact – an object that has either been created, modified, used or affected by human beings such as projectile points, ceramics, glass, and nails. Context – an artifact’s or feature’s … Continue reading

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Found an Artifact or Site?

by Elizabeth S. Paynter – CART Lab Director Moving any artifact without careful excavation impacts the ability to understand our past. The exact location and direction of an artifact including the depth at which it was found is significant. Other … Continue reading

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Another Local Projectile Point – Marrow Mountain

by Elizabeth Paynter – Archaeological Lab Director A projectile point type that can be found in Fairfax County is the Marrow Mountain I projectile point. This point has broad triangle shaped blade with a short contracting stem that is somewhat … Continue reading

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Indian Fest Today!!!

Come join us at Riverbend Park for the annual Indian Fest!

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