We welcome everyone to meetings and we encourage attendees to bring artifacts. Several of our members are professional archaeologists and each has a specialty that can help in artifact identification.
Meetings are free and open to the public.
It is not necessary to be an archaeologist to attend our meetings or to join our Chapter. You only need to be interested in history and archaeology. At each meeting we have a guest speaker who will present research from an archaeological site where he or she has worked.
We meet on the third Wednesday of each month, except July and August. Our meetings are currently being held at Camp Lutherlyn in Prospect, PA.
It is not necessary to be an archaeologist to join the Society for
Pennsylvania Archaeology. The membership of SPA is comprised of both professional and avocational archaeologists. Many other scientific disciplines and professions are also represented in the SPA membership.
Speaker: Hannah Harvey, Cultural Resources GIS Specialist and Archaeological Outreach Coordinator, PHMC, State Historic Preservation Office.
New Developments in Site Recording in Pennsylvania
Hannah will be speaking to us about site recording and a new form that has been developed for recording sites. Hannah spoke at a North Fork Chapter meeting and her presentation is interesting and informative. She will also be able to answer questions you might have about the process of recording sites and any other issues regarding the recordation of archaeological sites.
Guests are welcome!
Our meetings are always free and open to the public!
Watch for additional announcements here and on our Facebook Page!
Lutherlyn is located 40 miles north of Pittsburgh off of Route 422 between Butler and Prospect. The best routes to Route 422 are Interstate 79 or Route 8.
Meetings are held in the Redwood Building located three buildings down on the right when you get back into the main part of Lutherlyn, which is approximately a mile from the entrance off Dick Road. There is a small parking lot that says "loading & unloading" and "handicap" right next to Redwood building. There are only 5-6 spaces there, and we can use all of them, but no more than that will fit in there, so please reserve these for people that need close parking or to unload items and then move to another spot.
From the West: Take Interstate 79 to Route 422 (the Butler/New Castle exit) and head east 8.2 miles. Make a right hand turn at the 84 Lumber onto Dick Road. The main entrance to the camp is 1.5 miles down the road. The camp driveway will take you directly to the main parking lot and the camp office.
From the East: Take Route 8 to Route 422 and head west (towards New Castle) 7 miles to the 84 Lumber. Make a left hand turn on to Dick Road. The main entrance is 1.5 miles down the road. The camp driveway will take you directly to the main parking lot and the camp office.
The GPS address is:
500 Lutherlyn Lane
Butler, PA 16001
Be sure to let us know what you have planned for Archaeology Month and I can post your events here!
November 1- 4, 2018
21000 NYS Rt 3
Watertown, NY 13601
April 5-7, 2019
Mon-Yough Chapter 3 will host the 2019 State Conference of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology April 5th-7th at the Park Inn by Radisson, 700 West Main Street, Uniontown PA 15401. Speakers will present various subjects and a bookroom will be open where you can purchase archaeological books for reasonable prices. There will be pre-registration and registration at the door. Rooms will be available for $79.00 plus tax.
More information to follow as it develops.
Hope to see you there!
September 4, 2018
Speakers: Brian Fritz and Amanda Valko
Garvers Ferry Railroad Station
The Garvers Ferry Railroad Station was discovered during one of Brian’s projects with his company, Quemahoning LLC. It was a short but interesting project and it documents the existence of the Garvers Ferry railroad station, which no longer exists, in Allegheny Township, Westmoreland County. Many interesting artifacts were recovered including a very cool railroad related item.
Upcoming Meeting Dates:
October 2, 2018
November 6, 2018
December 4, 2018
Annual Chapter holiday dinner
About 1000 B.C. marks the beginning of a new period in North America. Called the Woodland Period, this period lasted until about 700 A.D. During this time, a new culture emerged and made significant settlements in what is now known as West Virginia. These people are known to us today by the general term the Mound Builders, so called for their practice of creating earthen burial mounds and other earthworks. The Mound Builders lived over a wide range from the Atlantic, the Midwest and the Ohio Valley to the Mississippi Valley. The term "mound builders" refers to several cultures that span a period of about 20 centuries.