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 especially indebted to project staff and consultants Gregory J. Brown, Dennis Curry, Silas Hurry, D. Brad Hatch, Barbara J. Heath, Audrey J. Horning, Walter Klippel, Philip Levy, Michael Lucas, Mary Kate Mansius, David Muraca, Dennis J. Pogue, Esther L. Rimer, Sara Rivers-Cofield, Patricia Samford, and Scott M. Strickland. These consultants vetted our efforts with enthusiasm, helped to decipher documents, and strengthened our interpretations. 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 helped us to re-examine the architecture 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.

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 Mr. Boffetti's effort to follow our work.

The full-time project staff members deserve special acknowledgment. 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.

About the Project

A multi-year and multi-institution collaboration aimed at standardizing and synthesizing archaeological data for important sites in the Potomac River Valley during the period 1500-1720.

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