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Indiana Jones Works from Home

by Elizabeth S. Paynter – Heritage Resource Specialist & CART Lab Director On March 30th, the Governor of Virginia issued a temporary stay at home order in response to Covid-19. The Archaeology and Collections Branch (ACB) offices and labs at … Continue reading

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Who’s Embossed?

by Amanda Benge – Archaeological Technician In the mid-seventeenth century, it was the practice of those with wealth to mark their expensive possessions with personal crests, symbols, or initials known as seals (Hume 1969). These seals were placed on any … Continue reading

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DATA, DATA, DATA: Maintaining Excavation Information from Field to Lab

by Daphne Ahalt – CART Assistant Lab Director Any good archaeologist knows that recording an artifact’s provenience is key to analyzing a site once excavation has finished. But how is the provenience and other pertinent site information maintained as the … Continue reading

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Farewell to Robin!

It is with mixed emotions that we bid farewell to Field Director Robin Ramey.  Robin recently accepted a position with the Longwood University Institute of Archaeology.  She will be terribly missed and we appreciate all the contributions she has made … Continue reading

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Another Bottle from the Collection

The olive-green mouth blown bottle pictured above is part of the Fairfax County Archaeology and Collections Branch collection. In the 19th century, “egg-shaped” bottles were commonly associated with carbonated beverages such as mineral water (Jones 1989). The bottle’s rounded base … Continue reading

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Machined Bottle Glass You Say?

by Amanda Benge – CART Archaeological Technician Prior to 1860, American glassmakers employed one of two mouth-blown methods.  In the first of these, known as free-blown manufacturing, skilled glassblowers used a blowpipe to manipulate and create an air pocket in a glob of … Continue reading

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CART Biweekly

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