Potomac Portage: Great Falls National Park and the Potomac Divide

Author(s): Greg Katz

Year: 2016


Dr. Stephen Potter has a long-standing interest in Great Falls Park, a unit of the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP), in Virginia. The park is located in the Potomac Gorge, a rocky area where rapids divide the upper and lower Potomac River valley. Breathtaking in its beauty, Great Falls was also an important feature of the Native American and Colonial era landscapes. The falls were able to be crossed, but not without difficulty and danger. Native American petroglyphs are concentrated in Great Falls, attesting to the importance or significance of the area. There were several Colonial ventures in Great Falls, including an early canal. Dr. Potter was drawn to the rich history of the park, and its interpretive potential, and was instrumental in having an archaeological overview and assessment conducted. The work is being done as a multi-year project and is currently ongoing.

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Potomac Portage: Great Falls National Park and the Potomac Divide. Greg Katz. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434894)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 153