Welcome to
Ohio Valley Chapter 22
Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology

About Ohio Valley Chapter 22 of SPA

Ohio Valley Chapter 22

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.

Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology

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. 

Ohio Valley Chapter 22 Calendar of Events

Our next Meeting is on Wednesday, September 19, 2018


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!

Upcoming Meetings:

  • October 17, 2018: Speaker TBA
  • November 21, 2018: Speaker TBA
  • December 19, 2018: Annual Holiday Party

Watch for additional announcements here and on our Facebook Page! 

Directions to our meeting

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.   

For further information or different directions, please contact Lutherlyn at 724-865-2161 or email@lutherlyn.com.  You can also contact Laura at rldeyoung@zoominternet.net.   

The GPS address is:

500 Lutherlyn Lane

Butler, PA 16001

Other Upcoming Events and Meetings of Interest

October is Archaeology Month in Pennsylvania

Be sure to let us know what you have planned for Archaeology Month and I can post your events here!

Eastern States Archaeological Federation Annual Meeting

This image is from the ESAF website.


November 1- 4, 2018

Watertown, NY

Ramada Inn

21000 NYS Rt 3

Watertown, NY 13601

  • Room rates are very reasonable at $75/night plus tax
  • The opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 1st from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Jefferson County Historical Society.  
  • A tour of Sackets Harbor 1812 Battlefield is offered on Thursday, November 1st from 1 – 3 pm at the additional cost of 10.00/person.  
  • A dinner banquet with a guest speaker will be held on Saturday, November 3rd.

2019 Meeting of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology

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!

Allegheny Chapter 1 Meetings and News

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

Speaker TBA

November 6, 2018

Speaker TBA

December 4, 2018

Annual Chapter holiday dinner 

Grave Creek Archaeological Complex

From http://www.wvculture.org/museum/GraveCreekmod.html:


The Adena People

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.              


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