Potomac Palisades Site

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Potomac Palisades Site
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Mound in the unexcavated site
Potomac Palisades Site is located in Washington, D.C.
Potomac Palisades Site
Location Overlooking the Potomac River at MacArthur Boulevard and Foxhall Road
Nearest city Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°54′21″N 77°4′52″W / 38.90583°N 77.08111°W / 38.90583; -77.08111Coordinates: 38°54′21″N 77°4′52″W / 38.90583°N 77.08111°W / 38.90583; -77.08111
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
NRHP reference # 82001714[1]
Added to NRHP April 15, 1982

The Potomac Palisades Site is an archaeological site in Washington, D.C., United States. Measuring approximately 1 acre (0.40 ha) in area,[1] the site lies near the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Foxhall Road,[2]:4 along the Potomac River.[3] It is one of many archaeological sites located in the present-day Potomac Palisades;[2]:4 a 1984 field survey revealed evidence that supported earlier ideas of the archaeological richness of the northern bank of the Potomac in this area.[2]:8

Among the artifacts found during excavation at the site is a triangle-shaped projectile point.[3] The primary use of the site appears to have been during the Late Archaic period, during which time it was heavily used as a lithic workshop.[2]:4 In recognition of its archaeological value, the Potomac Palisades Site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1]


  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d Artemel, Janice G., et al. "Preliminary Archaeological Survey 23 Recreation Facilities Washington DC." Washington, D.C.: Engineering-Science for the District of Columbia Department of Recreation, 1984-09.
  3. ^ a b Greenhorne & O'Mara. "Phase IA Archeological Assessment of the Armed Forces Retirement Home." Washington, D.C.: Greenhorne & O'Mara for the Armed Forces Retirement Home, 2004-10, 14.