It’s that time of year again, October is Archaeology Month and that means it’s time for the Annual Workshops in Archaeology at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, this year we are live for the first time since 2019. That’s right, live at The State Museum of Pennsylvania on October 29, 2022, so join us as we travel the ‘Pathways to the Past’.
This year’s presentations will discuss not only the physical paths, portages, and trade routes that traverse Pennsylvania’s mountains and valleys, but also the less tangible and often hidden paths of the Underground Railroad, a pathway to freedom traveled by many formerly enslaved peoples. Archaeology will be used as a tool to reveal actual paths traveled by indigenous people over thousands of years; and how those paths developed through time. These Precontact footpaths and trails evolved into trade routes and eventually into many of the roadways we use today.
There will also be presentations at the Workshops discussing
how examining these many routes across Pennsylvania have aided in examining
settlement patterns from the Precontact period into the historic period. The untold
stories of marginalized people who discovered their heritage through discovery
and archaeology are sharing these often-unheard stories and preserving them for
future generations. By bringing these stories together the process creates a
tapestry of Pennsylvania’s collective heritage.
This program provides an opportunity to engage with scholars
who have researched these pathways, observe the use of lithics often traded
along these routes and to learn about the community preservation efforts of
formerly enslaved descendants. Unfortunately, the early registration period
has already closed, but walk-in registration is available at the 3rd
Street entrance The State Museum of Pennsylvania
on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am.
is as follows:
9:10 – 9:25 Janet Johnson, Acting Senior Curator of the
Section of Archaeology, The State Museum of Pennsylvania with opening remarks
9:30 – 10:00 Darrin Lowery PH.D. -Trade, Migration, or
Both: Delmarva Adena-Hopewell
10:00 – 10:30 Andrew Myers, MA, RPA, Marienville Ranger
District. Allegheny National Forest -The Search for the Ephemeral Feature
Type: A Look at Some Potential Native America Travel Routes on the Allegheny
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:30 Chuck Williams, PH.D., RPA, Williams
Ecological, LLC. -The Venango Path: History, Archaeology, and Environment
11:30 – 12:00 Kenneth Burkett, Executive Director, Jefferson
County History Center, Field Associate, Carnegie Museum – “Over the Hump”:
Portages and Pathways into Western PA
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:00 Matthew March, Education Director, Cumberland
County Historical Society -The Underground Railroad through Cumberland
2:00 – 2:30 Carmen James, Mt. Tabor Preservation Project -Mt.
Tabor AME Church Preservation
2:30 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 3:30 Kate Peresolak, MA., RPA, Pennsylvania Outdoor
Corps (PAOC) Cultural Resources Crew (CRC) Leader, The Student Conservation
Association -CCC Company 361-C, S-62 PA: Exploratory Archaeology at Penn
Roosevelt State Park
3:30 – 4:00 Panel Discussion, Questions and Discussion with
the presenters and Closing Remarks
4:00 – 4:45 Reception
In addition to the presentations, David Burke and James Herbstritt, from the Section of Archaeology, will be available during the breaks for artifact identification. Find out what that ‘Whatsit’ really is or isn’t. Noël Strattan and Casey Hanson from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will also be available during the breaks to assist with recording archaeological sites in PA-SHARE. Steve Nissly will also be demonstrating and sharing his knowledge as an expert flint knapper with attendees, as well as displaying examples of his talented craft.
Immediately following the presentation there will be a panel discussion and a participatory question-and-answer session with the presenters. The day will conclude with an informal reception including light snacks and a chance to socialize with others interested in Pennsylvania’s past.
For additional information, please check out the link at The
State Museum of Pennsylvania’s website.