Phase I Archaeological Investigations, Point Lookout (2000.019)


This project contains an official report, an artifact distribution table, and an excavation drawing from the Phase I archaeological investigations conducted between February 15 and May 23, 1995 on the U.S. Navy property at Point Lookout, Maryland (18ST61), and on three small Navy-owned tracts located along the Chesapeake Bay between Point Lookout and the Naval Air Station Patuxent River. These four properties presently function as radar installations or theodolite stations. Additional investigations were conducted on adjoining portions of Point Lookout State Park. The work was done in accordance with Section 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (as amended), and was funded by the Department of Defense Legacy Resources Grant Program. All surveyed parcels are located in St. Mary’s County, within Maryland Archeological Research Unit 10 (the Estuarine Potomac Drainage).

The project resulted in the identification of intact deposits and features associated with Civil War activities at Point Lookout, including Hammond General Hospital. Other features found in the area are believed to post-date the Civil War. Excavations in the vicinity of the Point Lookout Lighthouse also revealed intact cultural deposits. This information has shed important light on the various changes to the lighthouse and the surrounding yard which have occurred since the early nineteenth century. Because of the presence of these intact archaeological deposits, and because of the significance of Point Lookout in U.S. and Maryland history, 18ST61 is considered to be potentially eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

Cite this Record

Phase I Archaeological Investigations, Point Lookout (2000.019). ( tDAR id: 391689) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8VM4DN6

Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1830 to 1960

Spatial Coverage

min long: -76.409; min lat: 38.028 ; max long: -76.291; max lat: 38.116 ;

Record Identifiers

Maryland Historical Trust Report #(s): ST 175

MAC Lab Accession Number(s): 2000.019


General Note: The following physical records are held at MAC Lab: Field Notes, Maps,Oversized Maps, Artifact Catalog, Report, Black & White Negatives, Black & White Prints, Black and White Contact Sheets, Kodachrome Slides, Photologs, List of Documentation, acid-free copy of all paper records stored in the secondary records storage room

General Note: Date Collected:1995

Resources Inside this Project (Viewing 1-3 of 3)


  1. Phase I Archaeological Survey of Point Lookout Tracking Station and Adjunct Theodolite Stations, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, St. Mary's County, Maryland (1999)
    DOCUMENT Full-Text Christy E. Leeson. S. Curtis Breckenridge.

    This resource contains the official report of the Phase I archaeological investigations at Point Lookout, Maryland.


  1. Unit Plan Drawing, Phase I Survey, Point Lookout (1995)
    IMAGE Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory.

    This resource is an image of a hand-drawn plan view of Unit 29916 of the Phase I archaeological excavations at Point Lookout, Maryland. A computer-drawn version of this map with a complete key is located in the Point Lookout survey official report, also included in the Point Lookout Survey, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland (2000.019) project and collection.


  1. Artifact Distribution Data, Phase I Survey, Point Lookout (1999)
    DATASET Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory.

    This resource contains artifact distribution data for the Phase I archaeological investigations at Point Lookout, Maryland.