Category Archives: Archaeology

Happy Independence Day!

For the holiday weekend, in our area, you may have found yourself putting on shoes for the first time in a long while. This shoe buckle was excavated from Old Colchester Park and Preserve and is one that may have … Continue reading

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Quartzite

  While not as pervasive as quartz, CART archaeologists often find stone tools made from quartzite. Quartzite is a metamorphic rock while orthoquartzite is a sedimentary rock. “Metamorphic rocks started out as some other type of rock, but have been … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: English Brown Stoneware and the Excise Stamp

by Elizabeth S Paynter and Christopher Sperling Remember this? This drinking vessel fragment was discovered at Old Colchester Park and Preserve and was featured in a 2016 post about English Brown Stoneware. Note the oval stamp with “WR” and crown … Continue reading

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Selby Bay/Fox Creek Projectile Point

by Brittany Blanchard – Archaeological Technician In the C.A.R.T. lab, archaeologists analyze relatively small stone tools that were formed to have a sharp tip and are often referred to colloquially as arrowheads. While the term is commonly used by the … Continue reading

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Don’t Lose Your Marbles!

by Elizabeth S Paynter – CART Lab Director As we head into the unprecedented together, the CART thought you might enjoy information about marbles. We can’t give expert advice on how to keep your marbles, but the archaeological team has … Continue reading

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Ubiquitous Quartz

by Elizabeth S Paynter – CART Lab Director Any field archaeologist can attest to the fact that quartz is the most abundant single mineral in the Earth’s crust. In Virginia, quartz vein outcrops are associated with igneous formations of the Blue … Continue reading

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Mealtime!

Pictured above is a Suid mandable from our type collection. Suids include the domestic pig and it is a common find on many historic sites. A zooarchaeologist often analyzes the fauna that we recover from an excavation. Suid has been … Continue reading

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Sleeve Buttons

by Brittany Blanchard – Archaeological Technician Sleeve buttons, commonly referred to as cufflinks, typically consist of two small button-like objects attached to each other by a metal bar or links. The buttons are meant to be placed through shirtsleeve buttonholes creating … Continue reading

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The Holidays are Approaching!

Here are a few artifacts associated with dining. They are all from recent excavations across Fairfax and likely date from around the colonial to early national periods. The artifacts, like most artifacts that we find, are only fragments of objects. … Continue reading

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