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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.

What is a Unit?

by Charles Simpson – CART Archaeological Technician As an archaeologist who has been working in the field for 3 years, I have had the pleasure to do a variety of projects across the East coast. When an archaeological survey is … Continue reading

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Chickahominy Fall Festival


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by Elizabeth S. Paynter – CART Lab Director “The blending of two clays of different colors…was not always done for ornamental purposes; it could also serve to make a poor clay more workable. This technique was characteristic of potters of … Continue reading

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Virginia Indian Festival 8 Sept. 2018

 Please join CART and other organizations at the Annual Indian Festival at Riverbend Park.  Enjoy hands-on activities and live demonstrations, such as American Indian storytelling, shooting bow and arrows, throwing spears and making stone tools. 8 September 2018: 10am – … Continue reading

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Glass Bottle Pontil Scarring

by H. Sumner Bridenbaugh – Archaeological Field and Lab Intern Pontil Scarring Pontil scarring can be useful in understanding how and when a glass bottle was made. Firstly, it indicates that the bottle was hand-made, either free blown or blown … Continue reading

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CART Biweekly

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Townsend/Rappahannock Ware Type Prehistoric Ceramics

by Emily Reeb – Archaeological Field and Lab Intern The appearance of pottery in the mid-Atlantic region of Native America marks what archeologists see as the transition from the Archaic cultural period to the Woodland cultural period around 1250 BC. … Continue reading

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