Meet the Staff
Cultural Resource Management and Protection Branch
History of the Department
Cultural resource protection has been a formal part of Fairfax County
since 1978, when the County Archaeological Services (CAS) was established
by the Fairfax County History Commission. CAS was managed as a component
of the Heritage Resource Branch, Office of Comprehensive Planning, which
is now the Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ). Its primary mission
was “the identification, recording and mitigation of cultural
resource sites located on parcels subject to rezoning and special
exception plan review.” In 1987, the Fairfax County Park
Authority, Division of Historic Preservation established the Cultural
Resource Management Office. Its primary mission was “the
identification, protection, management and interpretation of cultural
resources located and preserved within parks and on potential
parkland.” In 1996, the Heritage Resource Branch was abolished and
the County Archaeological Services was transferred to the Resource
Management Division of the Fairfax County Park Authority. From 1996
though 2003, CAS and the Park Authority’s Cultural Resource Management
Office continued to operate more or less independently of each other. In
2003, the two groups were consolidated as part of the Cultural Resource
Management and Protection Section. In the summer of 2004, all
members of the Cultural Resource Management and Protection Section staff
were moved to the newly-renovated James Lee Center in Falls Church,
Cultural Resource Management Staff
CRM staff consists of five full-time and two part-time professional
archaeologists. Staff members also work with high school and college
interns, close to 90 volunteers, and historical, archaeological, and
cultural landscape consultants hired under open-ended contracts.
Elizabeth Crowell, Ph.D.
Liz is the Manager of the Cultural Resource Management and Protection
Section. Liz began working with the Park Authority in February
2003. She has 30 years experience as an archaeologist on both
historical and prehistoric archaeological sites. Prior to joining
the Park Authority, Liz worked for 20 years as an principal
investigator on cultural resource management projects in the Middle
Atlantic region. She has also worked with private organizations
and universities on prehistoric and historical archaeological sites in
the Middle Atlantic region.
Christopher started working as a field director for the FCPA in 2010
and in 2011 was moved to the role of senior archaeologist. He has
extensive archaeological experience throughout the Middle Atlantic
states as well as having done work across the south and southwest.
Christopher's professional interests include early European contact
with Native American cultures and the archaeology of slavery in
colonial Virginia and Maryland.
Aimee Wells is a historical archaeologist who has been with CRMPB
since 2006. Her role within the branch includes managing the
archaeological collections, coordinating volunteers and interns, and
supervising lab and field projects. Aimee's interests include cemetery
preservation, archaeological data management, and public archaeology.
Museum Collections Manager
Megan Leining began working for the FCPA in September 2012. She has a
background in archaeology and museum studies. Prior to coming to the
Park Authority she worked for the NPS for over seven years on several
historic, archival, and archaeological collections specializing in
storage and database management.
Historic Preservation Program Coordinator
Karen has worked for the County in museum studies and historic
preservation since 1989. Her experience includes preservation projects
in Thailand and Japan as well as managing eight historic adaptive reuse
properties for the Park Authority. She sits on the boards of several
national preservation organizations.