Elsewhere in Fairfax, Virginia…

Outside of the Colchester Park, there is more archaeology going on in Fairfax County, Virginia. This morning I visited Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly. The park has incredible cultural resources spanning at least 10,000 years. Todays purpose was to scout areas to investigate during this year’s Archaeology Youth Program. Our initial thought were to look for a post in ground structure that burned down in the late nineteenth century. We know that it was located near the historic Walney Visitor’s Center. ECL

Walney VC

Jean Carefully Digging


Jean shovel skims her test unit on the Old Colchester Park & Preserve. Since the CART field crew is working in an area that has mainly prehistoric artifacts, the crew digs down in 5 cm levels. They also pay close attention and dig by changes in stratigraphy. The picture shows the soil color changes in the walls of Jean’s test unit. The change of color is one of the ways we identify a transition in stratigraphy. Soil texture is another indication of changing stratigraphy.

Quiet in the CART Lab

The Colchester Archaeological Research Team is happy to be back for another Day of Archaeology & looking forward to seeing how our colleagues days are going.

Due to weather & staff schedules, the past two days have been busy at our lab in Northern Virginia; however, today is extremely quiet. Outside, it is perfect weather. A few of our staff are on vacation and a few are in meetings. Mostly, the field crew is taking advantage of the sun & reasonable temperature at the Old Colchester Park & Preserve while the CART lab director is enjoying the rare solitude.

Putting away ceramics from the type collection in the archaeology lab in Fairfax County, VA

Putting away ceramics from the type collection in the Lab.