Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

Author: Kristen Walczesky

Kristen Walczesky is one of the PA SHPO's archaeological resources Environmental Review specialists. She reviews projects in the western region of the state. Kristen was born and raised in South Carolina but has had the pleasure of living all over the United States. She holds a PhD in anthropology/historic preservation from the University of Florida, a master's degree in historical archaeology from Illinois State University, and a bachelor's degree in anthropology/GIS from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. She is a trained zooarchaeologist with research interests in Indigenous archaeology and the archaeology of French colonial sites, but enjoys learning about all aspects of history and archaeology.

Quarrying our Data for Quarry Districts Part 2: The Updated Hardyston Jasper District

Back in October 2023, we shared a blog highlighting the updates to the Hardyston Jasper District that PA SHPO archaeologists were working on. These updates included reevaluating our PASS data to create and formally designate the NPS/Keeper Eligible Hardyston Jasper District, refine the district’s boundaries from the boundary established in the 1988 report by Anthony and Roberts, and identifying and evaluating sites for inclusion in the Hardyston Jasper District.

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Quarrying our Data for Quarry Districts

Happy Archaeology Month!

One of the most common objects shown to archaeologists for identification are rocks. Most of the time, these objects just end up being rocks, but sometimes people do find one that has been altered in some way by human hands. These artifacts are called lithics and they can be found all over the United States and throughout the rest of the world.

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