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April 25, 2017
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Special Announcement: Changes for PA Archaeological Site Survey (PASS)

This spring, change is in the air for the Pennsylvania Archaeological Site Survey (PASS)! Archaeologists from the PA SHPO and State Museum of Pennsylvania have worked together to revise the PASS Site Identification Criteria and to devise new procedures for … Continue reading

March 15, 2017
by Tyra Guyton
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Bridge to the Past: PennDOT’s Historic Metal Truss Bridge Management Plan

In June 2016, I was hired as the Transportation Special Initiatives Coordinator in the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).  This new position was created through a special funding agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and was developed … Continue reading

March 1, 2017
by Guest Contributor
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A Journey to Potters Mills: Story Maps as Mitigation

Potters Mills? Story Maps? What are these things?  This week’s post from guest contributor Charles Richmond will answer these burning questions and talk about this creative way to use 21st century technology to connect people to place and preservation.

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December 14, 2016
by Douglas McLearen
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The Governor’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force 2015-2016

In May of 2015, Governor Tom Wolf appointed 48 people to serve on the newly-created Governor’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force, which was charged with creating a set of recommendations for responsibly guiding the extraction and transportation of natural gas in Pennsylvania. … Continue reading

October 19, 2016
by Guest Contributor
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Artifacts from PennDOT Dig Shine at Wheaton

There’s a scene in the 1960 classic, The Time Machine, where Rod Taylor escapes the imminent nuclear war by throwing his machine fast into the future.  Quickly, the ground rises all around him and for what appears to be an … Continue reading

August 24, 2016
by Guest Contributor
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Marketing Archaeology: A Non-Scientific Survey about Public Outreach Tools

Fostering a public appreciation for historic resources and archaeology is one of the most important keys to protecting our history. Unfortunately, many cultural resources professionals struggle with how to make their work accessible and interesting to the general public. In … Continue reading

July 27, 2016
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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July’s PA SHPO Shout Out!

We’re all looking for ways to cool off these days – this heat wave is one for the records!  Grab your iced tea, sit next to the AC, and take a few minutes to read this month’s PA SHPO Shout … Continue reading

April 6, 2016
by Kira Heinrich
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5 Things about the New and Improved Archaeological Guidelines

What better way to celebrate archaeology during Preservation50 than to share the PA State Historic Preservation Office’s recently revised and newly issued of the Guidelines for Archaeological Investigations in Pennsylvania?  Another bit of big news is that the revised Guidelines are being … Continue reading