Category Archives: Artifacts

Buckley

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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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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Metal Buttons and Shanks

by Lily Fischer – Archaeological Field and Lab Intern Within Colonial archaeological sites, the most common type of button found is the metal button. Due, in large part, to metal’s ability to withstand decomposition in the acidic eastern soils, these … Continue reading

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In Review: Some of our Blog Post Links

Interested in archaeology? There is a lot of information even on this website alone. Looking for something specific, here are some past blog posts that might be of interest. Artifacts Typologies Buttons Eighteenth Century Buttons and More on Eighteenth Century … Continue reading

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Wrought Nails

by Melissa Hallman – CART Archaeological Intern Very rarely can you excavate a historical site of a standing, or formerly standing structure and not come away with nails or nail fragments. Just to be clear, these fragments rarely look like … Continue reading

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Ground Stone

by Colleen Boyle – Archaeological Technician “Ground stone” is a broad term used to describe a prehistoric stone tool that has been shaped through the process of grinding, polishing, pounding, drilling, chipping or other methods of breaking down rock with … Continue reading

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In 3D

As noted in our most recent CART Biweekly, last month Dr. Bernard Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory at the Virginia Commonwealth University, 3D scanned and animated some of Fairfax County’s recently excavated artifacts. In 2014, Dr. Means scanned … Continue reading

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