The Pig Point Complex: 10,000 Years of Mid-Atlantic (Pre)History

Author(s): Stephanie Sperling

Year: 2018


Excavations at the Pig Point site have redefined our understanding of Native American history in the Mid-Atlantic. The site is located near the freshwater-saltwater interface on the Patuxent River in Maryland, an area tremendously rich in biodiversity, and radiocarbon dates from stratified deposits at the site span more than 9000 years; however, artifacts uncovered more than two meters below surface suggest people have lived in this area far longer. Features discovered at Pig Point include a Late Woodland feasting midden, Adena-influenced mortuary pits, and several Early Archaic hearths, to name a few. Recently, archaeologists ventured outside of Pig Point in order to better understand how this significant site fits into a regional cultural landscape. Several intact and well-preserved sites were discovered that help us understand how people lived along the East Coast in the centuries before Contact.

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The Pig Point Complex: 10,000 Years of Mid-Atlantic (Pre)History. Stephanie Sperling. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 445345)

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Abstract Id(s): 21123