Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

December 22, 2021
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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Baseline Survey: An Essential Ingredient in Our Preservation Pantry

There are some time-honored recipes in the historic preservation cookbook. The most successful, and dare I say scrumptious, preservation medleys include an essential ingredient – survey. Survey in the historic preservation profession is like the flour in your favorite holiday … Continue reading

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November 3, 2021
by Andrea L. MacDonald
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Uncovering the Susquehannock Village at Lemoyne

November is Native American Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. One way we can learn about indigenous peoples is through archaeology. Archaeology … Continue reading

October 20, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Finding the Fort: The Juniata College Field School at Fort Halifax Park – Part 2

In last week’s post, we introduced you to this past summer’s Juniata College Field School at Fort Halifax Park in Halifax, Dauphin County. This week, we’ll tell you about the “major discovery” we hinted at last week!

October 13, 2021
by Guest Contributor
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Finding the Fort: The Juniata College Field School at Fort Halifax Park – Part 1

On our first day at our field school in archaeology, we searched through the soil for mountain peaks: or rather, mountain peak-shaped rocks. That’s the tip we were given for finding flakes -fragments of stone produced by Native American flintknapping.

October 6, 2021
by Casey Hanson
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Archaeology Month in Pennsylvania – 2021 Version

October is Pennsylvania Archaeology Month!  Every October, events and programs are held across Pennsylvania to celebrate the commonwealth’s deep past. 

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July 28, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO Special Announcement! We’re Hiring a Historic Preservation Manager

Are you interested in joining a pro-active and dedicated team of preservationists, historians, and archaeologists? The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is seeking a manager to lead the Environmental Review Division and help advance PA SHPO priorities. This … Continue reading

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April 30, 2021
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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PA SHPO Special Announcement: We’re Hiring a Review Archaeologist!

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is seeking a Historic Preservation Specialist to serve as a Review Archaeologist to work between disciplines and advance SHPO priorities. This position is ideal for a detail oriented and flexible preservation professional … Continue reading

March 10, 2021
by Noël Strattan
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The 2020 PASS Report

For the past several years, PA SHPO archaeologists have issued an annual report – known as the PASS Report – detailing the ongoing efforts to record Pennsylvania’s archaeological sites.  Despite 2020’s many challenges, over 280 new archaeological sites were recorded … Continue reading