17th-Century Indian Fort Discovered Near Waldorf

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. (Sept. 20, 2011)—Archaeologists from St. Mary's College of Maryland,

in partnership with the College of Southern Maryland and local businessman Michael Sullivan, have discovered a 17th-century Piscataway Indian fort just outside of Waldorf, Maryland. For years, historians and archaeologists have searched for evidence of what is known as the Zekiah Fort, where the Piscataway moved in 1680 for protection from raids by northern Indian groups and English encroachment on their land.

Details of the significant discovery were revealed at a press conference Thursday, Sept. 15, in Mount Victoria, Maryland, attended by Gov. Martin O'Malley, Sen. Mike Miller, Sen. Thomas "Mac" Middleton, both college presidents, and other state and local officials, numerous historic and preservation organizations, and representatives of the three local Indian tribes.

"As Marylanders, we know it is important that we celebrate our history and our rich diversity," said O'Malley. "I congratulate Michael Sullivan, St. Mary's College of Maryland, and the Piscataway Tribal communities on the discovery of this 17th-century Piscataway Indian fort. You've helped accomplish what researchers have been trying to do for eight decades – helping us better understand a culture that traces back eight centuries."

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