Category Archives: CART Historian

Evolution of Gunflint

by Jonathan Brisendine – CART Archaeological Technician While term “Flint Knapping” in American archeology most often references the process by which American Indians made stone tools, the term can also apply to historical archaeology. Here it will be discussed in its … Continue reading

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A Virginia Timeline – Part III: Civil War to the New Dominion

by Elizabeth Paynter – CART Lab Director Archaeology is the study of past human activity through the analysis of material culture. What exactly does “past” indicate? Typically, physical evidence of the human past that is 50 + to 75 + … Continue reading

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A Virginia Timeline Part I: Before Jamestown

By Elizabeth Paynter – Lab Director What we know about the past is limited the farther we go back in time. In order to adequately analyze any archaeological site and its artifacts, it is necessary to draw upon all the … Continue reading

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Intern’s Experience with Creamware

by Samantha Woodstock – Archaeological Intern As a new intern at CART, so far, I have experienced water screening, picking, and then categorizing artifacts that have been found at the Site 44FX0704 at Old Colchester Park and Preserve. To start … Continue reading

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Tobacco Production & the Town of Colchester

by Kayla Marciniszyn – Field Archaeologist Tobacco played an important role in the development of Colonial Virginia. The tobacco plant requires very rich, sandy soils and exhausts the soil very quickly; an abundance of land and labor are required for tobacco … Continue reading

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Biweekly Update – 11 July 2014

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Sailors and Stack Houses

by Elizabeth Peebles – Architectural Historian While a lot of attention has been paid to the archaeology at Old Colchester Park & Preserve, a few still standing remnants of the past are visible within the park. The Hannah P. Clark … Continue reading

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