Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

Smoothed exterior and shell-tempered ceramic sherds of Edinburg Phase Mahoning Ware recovered from the Ashton Cemetery Site (36LR0165).

January 17, 2018
by Guest Contributor

Punching through the Plowzone

Archaeologists are always on the ready for the next mythical idea of what we are and what we do. We don’t dig dinosaurs or find buried treasure (at least the kind that entails riches untold). We don’t all work in … Continue reading

The image shows a white number 5 on a blue background.

December 28, 2017
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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5 Things about Preservation in 2017

It’s that time of year again! The end of December brings about all sorts of “Year in Review” lists and we didn’t want to disappoint you and not provide our annual “preservation in 2017” post. 

This photograph shows four students clearing dirt from an archaeological site.

November 22, 2017
by Steven McDougal

Centre County’s Hatch Site

This past summer I had the opportunity, along with other members of the PA SHPO, to visit an archaeological field school underway in State College. It’s not often I get away from my desk, so it was a nice chance … Continue reading

October 18, 2017
by Guest Contributor

Shipwrecks? In Pennsylvania? PASST tells us all about them

It had been blowing hard from the east and the red sky on the July morning of 2013 did not concern Presque Isle lifeguard Darren Reading as he headed out for a group swim off the shore of the beach.

October 11, 2017
by Karen Arnold

The Keystone Grant and the Mystery of the Missing Piazza

Ever wonder just how much scholarship of construction chronology is behind your visit to a historic property in Pennsylvania?  Or how that research is funded?  Woodford is one of Fairmount Park’s most carefully documented and researched buildings because of its … Continue reading