Category Archives: Artifacts

Rhenish Stoneware

by Kayla  Marciniszyn – Assistant Archaeological Laboratory Director Rhenish is arguably one of the most durable salt-glazed stonewares produced in the colonial period  (1607-1776). As the name suggests, the ware was manufactured in the Rhineland region of Germany and imported into England … Continue reading

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CART Bi Weekly Update

16 June 2017

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The Ball Clay Tobacco Pipe

by Haley Hoffman – Archaeological Field and Lab Technician One common type of artifact recovered by CART during excavations around the county is the clay pipe. Colonial pipes are typically made of ball clay, a kaolinitic sedimentary clay containing varying … Continue reading

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CART Bi-Weekly Update

2 June 2017

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Cast Iron Kettle

by Samantha Woodstock – Archaeological Technician Recently we have found several parts to multiple cast iron kettles. In two areas of the site, we recovered two different lugs/handles, a leg, and parts of a kettle’s body representing at least two, … Continue reading

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Smithsonian Exhibit

Pieces of Fairfax County history are part of a new exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Beads recovered at a slave dwelling within Fairfax County are on display at the Smithsonian’s Objects of Wonder exhibit.  More information about the … Continue reading

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Projectile Points – Notched

By Elizabeth Paynter – CART Lab Director As mentioned in prior blog posts, the base or stem of the projectile point is necessary for identification of the specific projectile point type. This kind of stone tool is organized into common stem or base shapes … Continue reading

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