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Current Interpretations at the "Cemetery" Site at Old Colchester Park and Preserve

Author(s): Erica A. D'Elia

Year: 2016

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The Old Colchester Park and Preserve (OCPP), located in southern Fairfax County along the Occoquan River, was acquired by the Fairfax County Park Authority in 2006. The nearly 145 acres of preserved parkland includes numerous prehistoric and historic sites spanning 10,000 years of human occupation. Prominent among these sites is the colonial tobacco port town of Colchester, ca. 1754-1830. Current excavations are focused on the site immediately adjacent to the cemetery, located about half a mile from downtown Colchester, where archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a brick building foundation. The foundation’s location and morphology have puzzled the research team and several theories as to its function have been proposed including a church, domestic structure, and industrial building. In this paper, I will discuss the artifacts recovered from this site and analyze them in the context of current theories regarding the building’s purpose. 

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Current Interpretations at the "Cemetery" Site at Old Colchester Park and Preserve. Erica A. D'Elia. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434756)


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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): 633

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