Cultural Resource Management and Protection
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, Virginia.
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.
(703) 534-3881, X 402
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.
(703) 534-3881, X 409
Mike has worked for the County as an archaeologist since 1978. His experience includes being Project Director on three Ice Age Paleoamerican excavations in southern Virginia. He has 32 years of experience with experimental archaeology involving the manufacture and analysis of prehistoric stone tools.
(703) 534-3881, X 401
John has worked with the FCPA since January 2001. His first archaeological field experience was in Spring 1973, and he has been doing archaeology professionally since 1986. Among other projects, John works closely with the Cultural Resource GIS program.
Rich has worked with the FCPA since 1987. Rich has more than 20 years of prehistoric and historical archaeological experience. Rich has been involved in major projects such as the excavations at Sully, Historic Huntley and Mount Air. He was also the project manager for the extensive Civil War Sites Inventory
Susan Yeaman Clark
Museum Collections Manager
All of Susan’s past experiences in the design field along with a degree in art and education have been valuable over the twenty plus years working in the Museum Collections Section. Daily activities vary greatly including the tasks required to manage the data, legal documents and care of the over 6000 historic object in the many assorted categories under the stewardship of the Park Authority. Susan serves as a resource with oversight coordination of exhibit planning, layout and fabrication at the accredited museums and historic sites throughout the county. She also represents the Park Authority at state and local civic and professional organizational meetings.
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.