Friday, April 2, 2010

81st Annual SPA Meeting

It’s that time of year again! Next weekend, April 9 – 11, marks the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology’s 81St annual meeting. Hosted by the Westmoreland Chapter of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology (#23) this year the meeting will be held in beautiful Greensburg, PA, and the theme of the conference will be “Archaeology along Pa’s streams, rivers and hills”. As always, this year’s meeting promises to be enlightening and informative across a wide range of archaeological topics in the Keystone State.

Presentations put forth by State Museum’s Section of Archaeology staff will include a recap of excavations and public outreach efforts conducted at Fort Hunter Park this past fall, and also an in depth analysis of 15th century burial practices, correlating ceramic typologies and the implications for cultural assimilation in the Lower Susquehanna Valley.

Dr. Bernard K. Means will be the keynote speaker for Saturday evening’s banquet, discussing archaeological projects funded by the New Deal programs during the Great Depression era. More information on New Deal archaeology in Pennsylvania can be found here.

The Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology was formed in 1929 by the Pennsylvania Historical Commission to promote the study of prehistoric and historic archaeological resources of Pennsylvania and neighboring states; to encourage scientific research. Avocational and professional archaeologists come together to learn about current research and preservation of archaeological sites and artifacts.

The meeting, being held at the Four Points Sheraton in Greensburg is open to the public. Late registration at the hotel is $30. The Society is already one of our “favorite links” listed on the right hand side of the screen. For more information click the link to their homepage for the entire program including presentation abstracts.

For more information, visit or the Hall of Anthropology and Archaeology at The State Museum of Pennsylvania .

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