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Loudoun Archaeological Foundation Representatives Make Formal Presentations at Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference

Representatives of the Loudoun Archaeological Foundation (LAF) and students at the Loudoun Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) were featured presenters at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference at Ocean City, Maryland on March 18 – 21, 2010.


The group participated in a panel on “Teaching Historic Archaeology: From Classroom to Community Action” chaired by Dr. David T. Clark, Executive Director of the LAF and a Professor of Archaeology at the Catholic University of America and NVCC. Presentations were based upon historical research and/or historic preservation activities conducted by the students during their NVCC classroom projects or arising from individual interests they developed during those classes.


Wynne Saffer of Leesburg, an independent researcher from Leesburg and mentor to many NVCC students, spoke about the historical resources available for historical and genealogical research at the Thomas Balch Library  in Leesburg in a presentation entitled “Partnering with the Balch Library of Leesburg: Linking Archive Research and Historical Archaeology Document Projects.”


Lori Kimball of Leesburg spoke eloquently about her work efforts with historic preservation programs in Loudoun County, where she has been actively involved in leadership roles since earning a historic preservation certificate at NVCC. Her talk was entitled “From Goresville to Loudoun County Preservation.”


Amy Bertsch of Alexandria, who works as a public information officer for the City of Alexandria’s

Archaeological Resource Protection Office spoke about her extensive research efforts on Loudoun County’s Duncan and Gardner families of potters in the 18th and 19th centuries during a presentation entitled “On the Trail of Loudoun County Potters.”


Heidi Siebentritt of Lovettsville, substituting for Nick Chandler of Lucketts, spoke about Nick’s extensive research project on 18th and 19th century Loudoun County gunsmiths during a presentation entitled “Gunsmiths to Blacksmiths: Tracing Technology Trails  in Leesburg and Greater Loudoun County.”


Tom Hyland, of Centreville in Fairfax County, made a presentation which was based on independent research as a follow-up to his original class project. The topic title was “The Early ‘Carolina Road’ as a Primary Frontier Settlement and Inter-Colony Migration and Trading Route: A View from Loudoun County.”


Dr. Clark also made a separate presentation during another panel on “Middle Atlantic Archaeology: Past, Present, and Future — Collected Papers” by discussing some of the types of modern children’s micro- component toys which may intrigue future archaeologists when considering the material culture of the early 21st century:  His presentation was entitled “In Small Things Remembered.”


All of the presentations were well-received by attendees at the conference and resulted in an invitation to present the papers at other local community forums in Virginia.



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