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30,000 years of history at Mason Neck State Park in 90 Minutes!

  • 17 Jun 2017
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Visitor Center, Mason Neck State Park

(Watercolor drawing "Indians Fishing" by John White (created 1585-1586). Licensed by the Trustees of the British Museum. ¬©Copyright the British Museum) Have you ever wondered about the pre-history of the Mason Neck area?  Do you know about the Native American archaeological sites in Belmont Bay?  You have a unique opportunity to learn about how the land and water of the Mason Neck area have changed over the last 30,000 years and how people have adapted to those changes.  Join Dr. Michael Johnson, the former Senior Archaeologist for Fairfax County, who will lead a walk along Belmont Bay at 10:30 AM on Saturday, June 17.  As we walk, Dr. Johnson will talk about 30,000 years of geology, climate change, hydrology, erosion, archaeology, and the history of paleo-Indian peoples of the area.  Meet us at the Mason Neck State Park Visitor Center for an enjoyable and informative morning!


Dr. Johnson was the Fairfax County Senior Archaeologist from 1978 until 2011.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.  He is a Washington DC native and is currently studying Ice Age people at Smith Mountain and Thoroughfare Gap, Virginia. 


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