Photo credit: MHT File Photo , 06/1971

Property Name: Martins Pond Archaeological Site
Date Listed: 6/5/1975
Inventory No.: AA-725,
Location: Severn Forest Drive, , Annapolis, , Anne Arundel County

Description: This Middle-Late Woodland period site is a highly stratified habitation site. Lithic, floral, and faunal remains indicate a small, seasonal marine-oriented community settlement. Test excavations conducted in 1973 by Henry Wright revealed shell and charcoal lenses extending 80 feet along a slope and 30 feet from the edge of a terrace. The six feet of cultural and sterile deposits containing 25 distinct levels were the primary basis for Wright’s sequence of phases for the Middle Chesapeake region (Wright 1973).

Significance: While of primarily chronological significance, the site’s complex stratigraphy and limited size present an excellent opportunity to study gradual changes in the composition of a small, seasonal, marine-oriented community settlement. The site is potentially valuable for understanding changes within as well as between components of the Popes Creek, Mockley, and Sullivan Cove phases.