'Lost' Indian Village Discovery Topic of Archaeology Talk

Is this Otstonwakin, the long-lost
Woodlands Indian village? 
Diligent research and methodical investigation has solved a long-standing local mystery.
Mary Ann Levine, associate professor of anthropology at Franklin and Marshall College, is convinced she's discovered Otstonwakin, the long-lost Woodlands Indian village once inhabited by "Madame" Catherine Montour along the Loyalsock Creek.
Levine will discuss her research and conclusions at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Lycoming County Historical Society.
Her visit and presentation, sponsored by Northcentral Chapter 8, Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, will usher in the local archaeology chapter's spring season. NCC8 President Tank Baird hopes the event not only will stir interest in contact-period history, because Madame Montour was a significant political figure during the French and Indian War, but will bring volunteers out for the upcoming 2013 archaeology project.

What's Just Below Your Feet?

Northcentral Chapter 8, Society for PA Archaeology is a partner with "Just Below Your Feet," a documentary project with the main goal being to investigate the current status of Cultural Resource Management, which includes archaeology, preservation and conservation, in Pennsylvania.

Steph Bowen and Sara Griggs

It’s been two decades since the Pennsylvania legislature passed  Act 70, a 1995 amendment to the State History Code. Historic preservationists and archaeologists argue the law weakens the state’s ability to protect its cultural heritage. Numerous prehistoric and historic sites have been threatened, and many lost, to development in the law’s wake.

What is happening to these resources and why? Are they being lost at all? Or, is Act 70 a sound and valid law?

Two Lycoming College students want to know and have planned a documentary film to explore the question. Their project, “Just Below Your Feet", will investigate the status of cultural resource management, which includes archaeology, preservation and conservation, in Pennsylvania and their list of interviews and research subjects is impressive.

Fund raising is critical to the students' success. All donations may be made via cash, check or credit card donations to NCC8. Take a minute now and donate via the project's PayPal donation link by clicking the DONATE button below:

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