Great Salt Pond Archeological District

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Great Salt Pond Archeological District
Nearest city New Shoreham, Rhode Island
MPS Indian Use of Block Island, 500 BC--AD 1676 MPS
NRHP Reference # 90000107 [1]
Added to NRHP February 15, 1990

The Great Salt Pond Archeological District is a historic district in New Shoreham, Rhode Island. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

The Great Salt Pond is a round and almost entirely enclosed body of water separating the north and south regions of Block Island. The pond has a small channel on its north west shore connecting it with Block Island Sound. The opening is artificial and was dug out in 1895 to make a harbor in the south part of the pond.

The shores of the pond have a long history of human use, as the area was one of the primary areas of residence by Native Americans both before and after contact with Europeans. Evidence of occupation dates as far back as the Middle Woodland Period, and includes the site of a palisaded fortification.[2]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Cultural Resources Inventory, Long Island Sound" (PDF). US Army Corps of Engineers. Retrieved 2014-09-25.