Digging Up History: Uncovering the Hidden Civil War Roadway

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There’s always history beneath our feet.

But late last fall during excavation for a shoulder and sidewalk improvement on Ox Road near George Mason University, a county engineer discovered a lot of history — a hidden roadway. The site was assessed and staff discovered that a Civil War road had been unearthed.

“Corduroy roads were very commonly used in this area during the Civil War because this area was rural,” said Christopher Sperling, an archaeologist with the Park Authority.

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