ABSTRACT: The lower Paleocene (Danian) Brightseat Formation consists of fine-grained, dark-gray, micaceous sand and silty clay, with glauconite and abundant, but generally poorly preserved, fossils. The Brightseat Formation represents deposition of lower, but not lowermost, Paleocene sediments that were deposited on the middle to outer shelf of what is now the Atlantic Coastal Plain. A basal disconformity separates the Brightseat from the underlying Upper Cretaceous Severn Formation, and it is disconformably overlain by the middle to upper Paleocene Aquia Formation. The type locality of the Brightseat Formation, previously exposed approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) west-southwest of the former village of Brightseat in Prince George’s County, Maryland, just outside ofWashington, D.C., has been destroyed by urban development, prompting the establishment of a composite-stratotype section from nearby outcrops approximately a half mile to the south-southwest of the original location. The outcrop at Cabin Branch is hereby designated as the principal reference section for the Brightseat Formation and the “Cabin Creek” outcrop (an informally designated tributary of Cabin Branch) is designated as a supplementary reference section that illustrates the boundary of the Brightseat with the overlying Aquia Formation. Paleontological analyses, grain-size analyses, and petrographic techniques are used to document this new stratotype section and to correlate and contrast it with underlying and overlying sediments. This composite-stratotype section is designated using the guidelines outlined in Article 8, remarks (d) and (e) of the North American Code of Stratigraphic Nomenclature.