Symposium On Civil War Archaeology This Saturday

The Friends of Fairfax County Archaeology (FOFA) and the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Cultural Resources Management and Protection Branch are co-sponsoring the annual Spring Symposium, which this year explores the archaeology of the Civil War.

The public is invited to this free program this Saturday (March 31),  from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Seating is limited to 200 at the James Lee Center in the Monroe Gymnasium located at 2855 Annandale Road in Falls Church. For information, call C.K. Gailey at 703 534-3881, extension 404.

This will be a full day of informative presentations by experts in the field of archaeology and history. Presentations include opening remarks by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova at 9:10 a.m., followed by:

  • Dr. Stephen R. Potter, National Park Service, National Capital Region, Regional Archaeologist – Antietam and the Archaeology of Tactics
  • Dr. Matthew Reeves Montpelier Foundation, Director of Archaeology – Home is where the Woods Are: An Analysis of a Civil War Camp Complex at James Madison’s Montpelier, Orange County, Virginia
  • Dr. Bernard K. Means, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virtual Creation Laboratory, Director – Virtual Archaeology and the Realities of War: Creating 3D Digital Models of Civil War Artifacts
  • Showing of Gunston Hall’s Seeds of Independence 2012 Short Film – Between the Lines: Free Blacks Living on Mason’s Neck during the Civil War
  • Wally Owen, Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, Assistant Museum Director – Alexandria’s Crimean Ovens
  • Kerri Holland, John Milner Associates, Inc., Assistant Archaeologist– 4th Month, No Money…No Rations…No Pants…No Patriotism: Metal Detector Investigations at the Blenheim Estate in Fairfax City
  • Kerry Gonzalez, Dovetail Cultural Resource Group, Lab Director – “A Scene of Horror Such as I Never Saw”: A Look at the Great Fredericksburg Region during the Civil War
  • Joseph F. Balicki, John Milner Associates, Inc., Associate Director and Dr. Liz Crowell, Fairfax County Park Authority, CRMP Branch Manager, — Fortifying, Fighting, and Foraging: The American Civil War in Fairfax County, Virginia

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