The Lower Potomac River Valley at Contact, 1500-1720 AD
A collaborative data source for scholars and students...
Alternately cast as the frontier, the edge of empire, or a node in the interrelated web of the
Atlantic World, the Chesapeake region was home to diverse
people whose experiences form a rich and complex story. This project focuses on the Potomac Valley and
synthesizes the results of decades of research by archaeologists and historians on sites occupied
by Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans. Through close attention to materiality—including
buildings, landscapes, and portable objects ranging from the quotidian to the exotic—the project
examines the complex cultural terrain that emerged in the region.
In the pages of this site you will find detailed summaries of over 30 sites,
artifact and context databases, and images of important or unusual artifacts. All data, including the artifact
databases, can be downloaded for the use of other scholars.
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