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In 1997, archaelogical digs done areound Fletcher's Boathouse, along the C&O Canal in NW DC, uncovered a group of large storage pits that were made by Natives about 2000 years ago.

They all appeared to be built during a small period of time, suggesting it was one tribe or family that had dug them.

The storage pits are a unique find along the East Coast of the US. They come from a period before Natives had begun farming and built pits to store crops. Among the theories about why the pits were built is one that suggests Natives stored the extra supplies from their canoes before they portaged their canoes around the falls in the Potomac.

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