Archaeology & Native Americans
Archaeology is the scientific study of human cultures through the recovery, recordation, analysis, and interpretation of material objects. Readily recognized themes of prehistoric culture that can be informed by archaeological data include subsistence strategies, settlement patterns, political organization, technological development, and environmental adaptation of local inhabitants.
The land that became Prince George’s County was occupied for thousands of years before the first Europeans arrived; there is considerable archaeological evidence of Native American settlements along both the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers and their tributaries. Examples: Accokeek Creek Site, Nottingham Archaeological Site, Mount Calvert Archeological Site, Piscataway Park Archaeological Site, and National Archives Archaeological Site.
Special activities, programs, and events are held at our Historic sites throughout the year.