Prehistoric Rock Shelters

Prehistoric Rock Shelters (HM23C3)

Location: Silver Spring, MD 20902 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 3.703', W 77° 1.568'

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Beginning about 1000 B.C., local American Indian tribes used these rock shelters as "prehistoric motels." Although the tribes had adopted agriculture by that time, they supplemented their diet with wild plants and animals. These shelters provided a place to stay while hunting and gathering food.

Discarded tools found near the shelters reflect food-related activities: hunting animals, butchering meat, and gathering edible plants, fruits, berries, nuts and seeds. Typical discarded bones include white-tailed deer, fox, woodchuck, rabbit, squirrel, turtle, snake, fish, turkey, duck, and passenger pigeon. Plant evidence suggests these peoples gathered wild seeds and nuts such as acorn and history, and a variety of tubers.

By A.D. 1607, all these people peoples had been pushed out, leaving Montgomery County a "no man's land," a buffer between southern Maryland Algonquians, northern Iroquois, and western Sioux and Shawnee Indians. Archaeologists have yet to solve the elusive mystery about their origins and fate.

"One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, "What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?"
-Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder (posthumously 1965)
HM NumberHM23C3
Placed ByMontgomery Parks
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at 7:03am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 324698 N 4325579
Decimal Degrees39.06171667, -77.02613333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 3.703', W 77° 1.568'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 3' 42.18" N, 77° 1' 34.08" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240, 410
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Northwest Branch Trail, Silver Spring MD 20902, US
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