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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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The E-Newsletter of the Loudoun Archaeological Foundation, Vol. III, December 31, 2009

                                           David T. Clark, PhD             Kathryn A. Miller              Joy E. Stanton           Thomas R. Hyland    

                                           Executive Director/               Board of Directors        Mgr. Communications   Secretary/Treasurer

                                           Principal Investigator                                                      Webpage/Admin         Board of Directors

                                           Chair, Board of Directors                                                Board of Directors

 

 

The E-Newsletter of the Loudoun Archaeological Foundation, Vol. III, December 31, 2009

                                        

This periodic newsletter is designed to communicate with the friends of and volunteers associated with the Loudoun Archaeological Foundation (LAF) and to introduce the Loudoun Archaeological Foundation (LAF) to those persons in the Greater Loudoun County community interested in local archaeology and to keep that community knowledgeable about and updated on the programs and activities of the Foundation and the cultural and historic resources of Loudoun County.

 

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Officers of the Loudoun Archaeological Foundation, we want to use this 2009 issue of the Foundation’s E-Newsletter to wish all of our volunteers, supporters, and friends our continued appreciation for your hard work and many contributions — in money, time, goods, and services — that have made the Foundation’s public archaeology program so widely successful, both in terms of public recognition and support and substantive accomplishment. We also want to extend to each of you our best wishes for a happy holiday season and a successful new year.

 

What a great year 2009 was for the Loudoun Archaeological Foundation!

 

First of all, the LAF was recognized by the Dominion Foundation of Virginia with a $2,500 grant for our efforts in promoting historical conservation and protection in Loudoun County though our outstanding community public education and outreach programs.

 

This grant enabled the LAF to give our first-ever college level student stipend award of $1,000 to Katy Catlin of Ashburn (and our own Foundation supporter) who is attending the graduate school of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts. Katy also completed the Historic Preservation Certificate program at the Loudoun Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College, thus making her our first triple threat on the historic preservation front.

 

In another first, LAF (in cooperation with the Loudoun County Parks and Recreation Department) held its initial Archaeological Field Camp Program at the Claude Moore Historic Park in Sterling, Virginia from July 27 -31, 2009. This program was all hands-on work with artifacts and walks around the park to look at how people used the land in the past. Twenty children worked with historic and prehistoric archaeology in a fun way with all kinds of artifacts, hands-on activities, and games. They kept an Archaeology Journal of all activities. The children had fun drawing what they had seen, and writing creative artifact stories. They investigated stone tool making with an archaeologist. The children had fun with the atlatl, they made pottery, and played archaeology games, gameboards, activity sheets, pottery, puzzles. The children took daily archaeology discovery walks, studied skeletons to learn about people; and studied foodways. They washed artifacts and classified seeds, food, and charcoal. Everyone had a lot of fun, children and adults alike. As in the past, LAF has conducted a very extensive community public education and outreach program. However, this year we were particularly honored twice by the attendance of William ”Jack” Hanricky, the nationally renowned expert on the typology and nomenclature of North American Eastern Woodland Indian stone tools. We were particularly pleased when Jack praised our efforts as should being the future course of archaeology in America.

 

The 2009 schedule of events included:

Purcellville Preservation Association’s Heritage Day 2009 (May 26) Celebration, where over a 1,000 children and adults saw artifacts that archaeologists have found at Prehistoric and Civil War sites and were presented with several hands-on archaeological activities for children.

Claude Moore Historic Park’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, where over 2,000 children and adults stopped by to view the LAF’s passive and interactive archaeological exhibits  

37th Annual Lucketts Community Fair (August 22-23, 2009), where, despite two days of rain and mud, over 1,100 children and adults visited the LAF’s archaeological exhibits.

Lucketts Community Center First Lecture Series (September 4, 2009) where over 30 adults and children heard about the importance of archaeology and historic documents in helping to preserve our cultural heritage.

66th Annual Waterford Homes Tour and Crafts Fair, where over a three day period (October 2- 4, 2009) where nearly 1,200 children and adults visited LAF archaeological exhibits.

In addition, the LAF made a number of presentations to and presented exhibits at (ranging from one day to several weeks) a number of Loudoun County public elementary schools, home school groups, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, and various other community-based organizations.

All-in-all, we estimate during 2009 that LAF  reached out directly to more than 7,500 children and adults in the greater Loudoun Community  and indirectly to even more of their absent families and friends.   

In 2010, we are planning an even more ambitious archaeological investigations program as we have received permission to conduct archaeological investigations at two prehistoric sites in Loudoun County. In addition, I will be conducting my three (3) individual semester courses on Prehistoric Archaeology of Northern Virginia (Winter 2010), Archaeological Field Methods (Summer 2010), and Historic Archaeology (Fall 2010) at the Loudoun Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College. Most of you reading this missive will have attended one or more of those courses; I urge you to encourage your friends and neighbors to enroll for and attend those courses.

As a non-profit, charitable organizational, LAF has virtually no administration or other overhead expenses, 100% per of all our donated income (except for local, state, and federal fees and taxes) goes towards supporting our community public education and outreach programs. This year the Verizon Corporation has offered us a partnership arrangement whereby friends and supporters of the LAF who purchase new telephone, internet, television, and their other services from Verizon may request that Verizon donate a portion of those initial charges to the Loudoun Archaeological Foundation. I urge that you go to the Support Us section of the LAF website and review the Verizon flyer to see if there are any services there of interest to you.                                                                                                                        

 David T. Clark, PhD

Executive Director/Principle Investigator

 

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Support Us

The Loudoun Archaeological Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt, non-profit group. We therefore must rely on a combination of gifts, grants, and donations of money, goods, and services to fund our programs of archaeological research, preservation/conservation, and public education. We welcome donations of any amount! Please click the button below to donate via PayPal.

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You may also donate needed goods and services to the Foundation. We accept donations of tools and other goods for our public archaeology efforts, and we always welcome volunteers! We also occasionally offer an item for auction on EBay, and we accept donations of such items. If you are interested in donating goods to the Foundation or becoming a volunteer, please contact us by email or by one of these methods. Please note that we do NOT accept donations of locally-excavated artifacts.

To review items the Foundation has available for auction and to offer a bid, please visit The Loudoun Archaeological Foundation’s Great Little Auction.

Another easy way to financially support the Loudoun Archaeological Foundation is through your purchase of such Verizon residential products as new telephone, internet, and television services.

For additional details about this important new fundraising program and details about donations to the Loudoun Archaeological Foundation please click Support Us. Please call Verizon at 1-888-695-5299, say yes to the prompt, and type in our code 13571. Verizon will then make a donation to LAF. Thank You.

 

 

 

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Verizon Corporation Partnerships With LAF

As a federally (IRS) recognized non-profit, charitable organizational, LAF has virtually no administration or other overhead expenses, 100% per of all our donated income (except for mandatory local, state, and federal fees and taxes) goes towards supporting our community public education and outreach programs. This year the Verizon Corporation has offered us a partnership arrangement whereby friends and supporters of the LAF who purchase new telephone, internet, television, and other services from Verizon may request that Verizon donate a portion of those initial charges to the Loudoun Archaeological Foundation. I urge that you go to the Support Us section of the LAF webpage and review the material and Verizon flyer to see if there are any services there that would be of interest to you.                                                                                                                                  

 

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A LAF Success Story

When I founded the Loudoun Archaeological Foundation, Inc. (LAF) in January of 2007, I had a number of specific goals in mind, among which were:

 

1.      Conducting year round archaeological research/investigations as a means of educating the public regarding local cultural resources.

2.      Expanding the current list/inventory of . . . archaeological sites in Loudoun County.  

3.      Tailoring [our] archaeological education programs to the “whole community” (all ages, sectors in the community): from the public/private school systems to senior groups.

4.      Acquiring, if appropriate, various certain endangered historic/prehistoric structures/properties in Loudoun County for archaeological education/preservation purposes.

5.      Working cooperatively with Virginia state and local government historic preservation agencies and local business and preservation groups.

 

These goals were based on my concerns over the negative impact of current fast-paced urban development on heritage resources and a rapidly growing community’s unfamiliarity with its rich, diverse culture history. I believed then, as I do now, that community-service (free) archaeological research/educational programs were the key to the LAF’s mission and that its primary purpose was to first promote the community’s appreciation and understanding of its historic/prehistoric heritage while raising awareness of its endangerment. Needless to say, I am pleased that we have already achieved most of these goals in just over two years.

 

However, there was another unstated goal that I also hoped to achieve:  that through LAF’s public education efforts, we could encourage (and assist) some students participating in our programs to pursue archaeology and preservation as a career choice.

 

The recent decision by Katy Catlin to pursue graduate work in archaeology after nearly three years of participating in LAF’s archaeological public education programs and the associated academic programs at the Loudoun Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), represents the fruition of that previously unstated, but important, goal. And I am so pleased that we were able to assist her with a small, but helpful, stipend as our first LAF Scholarship Award. I hope that other LAF and NVCC students will make similar choices and LAF might provide future financial assistance.

 

                                                                                                            David T. Clark, PhD.

                                                                                                        Executive Director, LAF

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Loudoun Archaeological Foundation and Dominion Foundation 2009 Graduate Study Stipend

David T. Clark, PhD          Kathryn A. Miller                          Joy E. Stanton              Thomas R. Hyland

Executive Director/                   Board of Directors        Communications Mgr    Secretary/Treasurer                  Principal Investigator                                                            Webpage/Admin            Board of Directors

   Chair, Board of Directors                                                        Board of Directors

 

 

 

News Release

July 6, 2009

Ashburn’s Katy Catlin Receives Loudoun Archaeological Foundation/Dominion Foundation 2009 Graduate Study Stipend

Dr. David T. Clark, Executive Director of the Loudoun Archaeological Foundation, Inc., (LAF) today announced that Kathryn “Katy” Catlin of Ashburn, Virginia has been awarded the LAF’s first ever graduate study stipend in the amount of $1,000 to aid her in pursuing graduate level work in the fields of anthropology/archaeology. This award was made possible through the generous support of the Dominion Foundation of Richmond, Virginia, which also has provided funding support for the historic preservation activities of the LAF in 2009.

Ms. Catlin has been an active volunteer with the Loudoun Archaeological Foundation since its founding in 2007 and recently completed the Historic Preservation Certificate Program at the Loudoun Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College. Katie will be attending the University of Massachusetts at Boston, Massachusetts this coming fall; this summer, she is participating in the University of Massachusetts’ archaeological study program in Iceland.

The Loudoun Archaeological Foundation is a non-profit, charitable foundation which promotes the protection, conservation and preservation of Loudoun County’s historic and cultural resources through the use of ethical and professional archaeological research, documentation, reporting, and public education activities.

For additional information please contact:  Dr. David T. Clark at 703-431-1737

 Or Joy Stanton at jestanton1330@yahoo.com

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The Blue Ridge Center

Dr. Clark’s class visited the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Studies on Tuesday, June 2, 2009.  Visit our photo gallery to see how the center’s cultural resources have changed over just the last two years.

Paper: The Carolina Road

LAF is proud to present a new research paper: The Carolina Road by Tom Hyland (PDF, 256 kb). The paper presents an in-depth look at the history of roads in Colonial America, followed by a comprehensively researched exploration of the Carolina Road (now Route 15) through Virginia over three centuries.

(Also download appendices A&B (maps, .jpg) in a 2.3 MB .zip file.)

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Paper: The Sycolin Road Pottery

FORGOTTEN: A Preliminary Report on the Sycolin Road Pottery: Loudoun County’s Historical Mystery of a Pottery, Pots, and Potters by Amy Bertsch, Amanda Ackman, Tom Hyland, et al (PDF, 291 KB). This paper describes how members of the LAF, in cooperation with Northern Virginia Community College, uncovered the probable identity of potters working in the nineteenth century along Sycolin Road.

( Also download Appendix A (images, .jpg) in a 6 MB .zip file.)

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