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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