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A Teardrop Shaped Foundation In Fairfax County, Virginia

Author(s): Megan B Veness

Year: 2016

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The Old Colchester Park and Preserve, located in southern Fairfax County, Virginia consists of approximately 145 acres along the Occoquan River.  This natural and cultural resource Park was acquired by Fairfax County Park Authority in 2006.  Located within the Park along the Occoquan River was the ca. 1754-1830 tobacco port town of Colchester.  Systematic and targeted testing over the past four years by Colchester Archaeology Research Team (CART) has yielded numerous artifacts and features.  Artifacts ranging from hand painted tin glazed coarse earthenware, to hand wrought nails and absence of pearlware or later ceramics, date this feature to no later than the mid-eighteenth century.  Although artifacts clearly indicate a domestic occupation, the peculiar brick work allows for alternate interpretation such as an early "cottage" industry, a mystery which only further archaeological research could answer. 

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A Teardrop Shaped Foundation In Fairfax County, Virginia. Megan B Veness. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434698)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 337

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America