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2013 Field Session at
Biggs Ford(18FR14)
24 May - 3 June, 2013


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The Biggs Ford site (18FR14) is a large, well-preserved, multi-component Native American village site located adjacent to a tributary, Glade Creek, of the Monocacy River in Frederick County, Maryland (Figures 1 & 2). This location was occupied by peoples of the Montgomery Complex (1000-1450 AD) and the Keyser Complex (1300-1500 AD). Biggs Ford is one of only a handful of large Native American villages on the Monocacy River, and is the only known site in the Potomac River drainage that has major occupations by both the Montgomery and Keyser complex peoples. Distinctly-shaped pits at the site , such as the elongated ones associated specifically with the Montgomery Complex, and probably palisade arcs presumably associated with the Keyser Complex, provide a unique opportunity to compare the community structures, economy, and social relationships of these two groups. Furthermore, the majority of the archeological deposits at Biggs Ford remain intact, as it was only partially excavated.

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Thanks - The Archeological Society of Maryland, Inc. and the Maryland Historic Trust would like to thank William and Barbara Crum, the Biggs Ford Site landowners, and their family for support in making this field session possible.