Highway Improvements Project at Manassas National Battlefield Park
From 1998 through 2000, the University of Maryland and the National Park Service conducted
an archaeological survey of selected portions of Manassas National Battlefield Park where the NPS planned to construct
visitor parking lots. Several of these parking lots are located in
areas of intense fighting associated with the First and Second Battles of
Manassas. University of Maryland archaeologists, in conjunction with the
Northern Virginia Relic Hunter's Association conducted metal detector surveys
in these areas and they recovered dropped and
fired bullets, personal effects from uniforms, and artillery shrapnel.
When archaeologists combined this information with the documentary history of
the battles, specific events can now be reconstructed, shedding new insights
into the battle. The results of this survey are part of a monograph to
be published by the National Park Service.
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