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Lost 17th century Maryland fort found

The lost Zekiah Fort, built by Governor Charles Calvert in 1680, has been found by archaeologists in Maryland.

Five weeks of digging this spring and summer, led by St. Mary’s College of Maryland anthropologist Julia King, have turned up Indian pottery mixed with glass trade beads, arrowheads fashioned from English brass, gun parts and a silver belt hanger for an English sword.

The artifacts, the hilltop position, a nearby spring and rich soils to support an Indian settlement of 90 to 300 people – it all signaled that the search was over.

“I have no doubt this is the site of Zekiah Fort,” King said. A formal announcement was planned for Thursday.

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Story: Physorg | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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