Pennsylvania Historic Preservation

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Woman making basket

November 14, 2018
by Guest Contributor
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The Cornplanter Grant: The Last Native American Settlement in Pennsylvania

Deep in the forests of northwestern Pennsylvania lies a little-known, but incredibly important part of our Country’s early history and our Native American past.  Although now mostly covered by the waters of the Allegheny Reservoir (a body of water created … Continue reading

Vintage postcard with hashtag

May 31, 2018
by Shelby Weaver Splain
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Add this to your summer reading list! #preservationhappenshere – PA’s Statewide Preservation Plan – is ready for you

Picture yourself – lounging poolside, lakeside, or on the beach – with your tablet or smart phone (or even good old-fashioned paper) enjoying the hottest summer publication that hasn’t yet made the New York Times bestseller list: #preservationhappenshere, Pennsylvania’s next statewide historic preservation … Continue reading

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
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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

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

November 22, 2017
by Steven McDougal
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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 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

December 30, 2015
by Guest Contributor
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What is your most amazing discovery?

by Christine Davis, Christine Davis Consultants, Inc. After 30 years of excavating archaeological sites in Pennsylvania, I’m often asked about my most amazing discovery.  I would not hesitate for a moment to say it was our large-scale excavation of the … Continue reading