Cultural Resource Management and Protection
James Lee Community Center
Virginia is one of the richest historical areas in all of America. Events that shaped our country's history happened right here in Fairfax County. Traces of that history are all around us, if you know where to look. Documenting and preserving these clues to our past is essential- if we take action now can we preserve these clues for the future generations of people who will live, work, and play in Fairfax County.
The archaeologists of the Cultural Resource Management and Protection team find evidence of Native American life, early exploration, our colonial past, 19th century development and the Civil War, adding to the heritage of the county and the nation. This includes illuminating the history of people who did not necessarilywrite it for themselves - Native Americans, African Americans, both enslaved and free, women and children, and other ordinary county citizens.
The Cultural Resource Management and Protection offices are housed in the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church. In addition to office space for CRMP staff, the James Lee Community Center is home to three labs that are used by staff and volunteers to clean, analyze, and catalog prehistoric and historic artifacts. The center is also home to archival space which contains the county's collection of over three million artifacts, spanning the last 13,000 years of Fairfax County's history.
The Cultural Resource Management and Protection team is made up of full-time professional archaeologists, contract archaeologists, interns, and volunteers. Their division is the primary steward of cultural resources in the county. Cultural resources are defined as physical evidence of any past human activity identifiable through field survey, historical documentation, or oral history. These include archaeological sites, historic buildings, structures, objects or districts, cemeteries, and cultural landscapes.
Learn more about the professionals who make up the CRMP team.
The Cultural Resource Protection team has four primary tasks:
To find out more about the goals and vision of the Cultural Resource Management and Protection division, please visit the Cultural Resource Management Plan web page.
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