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St. Mary's City, Maryland
Documenting Chesapeake History
Since 2001, NEH grants have helped Julia King and a consortium of researchers advance the archaeological study of the Chesapeake region. Image courtesy of Julia King.

The region surrounding the Chesapeake Bay is rich in history. Originally settled by Native American tribes, the area is also home to the United States’ earliest English colonial settlements and the beginnings of American slavery. Since 2001, Julia King and a consortium of researchers have been advancing the archaeological study of the region through digital methods, collections-based research, and more traditional field excavations. Their work has made archaeological data more accessible to researchers and students and yielded new insights into colonial and pre-colonial history. It has also had an impact on Native American tribes who still live in the region.

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