The project, "Colonial Encounters: The Lower Potomac River Valley at Contact, 1500-1720 AD," was generously funded
by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding support for the project was provided
by St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM); the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab); The Colonial
Dames of America, Chapter I; SMCM Trustee Cindy Broyles; and SMCM alumnus Mr. Philip J. Mudd.
We are indebted to project consultants Dennis Curry, Silas Hurry, Audrey J. Horning, Walter Klippel, Philip Levy,
Michael Lucas, David Muraca, Dennis J. Pogue, Sara Rivers-Cofield, Patricia Samford. Marian Creveling (National
Park Service), Dee DeRoche (Virginia Department of Historic Resources), Rebecca Morehouse (MAC Lab), Amy
Muraca (National Park Service), Robert Sonderman (National Park Service), and Martha Williams (Archaeological
Society of Virginia) very generously provided access to collections in the custody of their respective institutions.
Cary Carson, Edward Chappell, Willie Graham, Jeff Klee, and Carl Lounsbury joined us in the reexamination of the
early house at the Addison Plantation. Staff from the Thomas Stone National Historic Site, including Scott
Hill, allowed us to meet at their visitor center in La Plata. Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Sullivan also provided
a place to meet by inviting us to use their lodge at Mount Victoria.
Francis Gray, Mario Harley, Rico Newman, Selita Proctor, Mervin Savoy, Jesse Swann, and Barry Wilson, all members
of the Piscataway Conoy Tribe of Maryland, and Gabrielle Tayac, Piscataway Indian Nation, provided important
support for the work undertaken at the Posey and Zekiah Fort sites and we thank them for their
interest in the project.
Michael A. Smolek, Cultural Resources Manager at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, assisted with our effort
to include information about sites on the Navy base. We are also grateful to Thomas Wright (Naval Support
Facility Indian Head) and Julie Darsie (Naval Facilities Engineering Command) for their considerable help with
preparing data for publication on this website.
The many people who excavated these sites deserve special acknowledgment. These archaeologists include Brooke
Blades, Dennis Blanton, the late L. Clyde Carter, Patrick Garrow, the late James Ivor Gross, the late Edward
Heite, Charles Hodges, the late Howard MacCord, John McCarthy, the late Alexander Morrison, Fraser Neiman, Stephen
Potter, Billy R. Roulette, Jr., Robert L. Schuyler, Jeffrey B. Snyder, Christopher Sperling, Garry Wheeler
Stone, and Jeanne Ward.
Elizabeth Arndt, our program officer at the Division of Collaborative Research at NEH, deserves special mention
for her interest in and support for the project. Following Elizabeth's retirement, Jason Boffetti served
as our program officer; the transition was seamless and we appreciate Dr. Boffetti's ongoing effort to follow
and support our work.
Project staff deserve special acknowledgment. Julia A. King and Barbara J. Heath provided leadership for the
project. Scott Strickland's expertise with GIS, Access, Surfer, and Photoshop as well as his low-key sense
of humor in the "Animal House Fortress of Silence" kept the project on track. Similarly, Esther Rimer and Mary
Kate Mansius cataloged thousands of artifacts, edited hundreds of images, and entered more than a million
artifacts into the database. SMCM students Adam Ekwall, Leah Keller, Max Sickler, and Rebecca Webster also
entered thousands of artifacts into the database. D. Brad Hatch analyzed faunal assemblages from a number of
sites, and Brad and Mark Freeman assisted with writing a number of Site Summaries.
As he does for many websites, Gregory J. Brown oversaw the design and development of the Colonial Encounters
website. He was assisted by Joe Brown, who developed ways to make the website user-friendly for visitors at
all levels of computer expertise.