Flintknapper Presents

Tank Baird examines  Shawn Gardner's collection

Northcentral Chapter 8 of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 5, at the Lycoming County Historical Society, 858 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

Artisan Shawn Gardner, of Fair Chase Designs, will present on prehistoric technology and Native American art. This is a presentation of the Northcentral Archaeology, Chapter 8 lecture series. Families with school-aged children are encouraged to attend.

Gardner lives in Montoursville, often presents programs to people who visit his teepee on school field trips. He also offers seminars and classes. Gardner specializes in making custom bows, arrows, quivers, antler and bone carvings, and jewelry of horn, wood, stone and silver. Utilizing prehistoric methods, he manufactures drums and musical instruments, makes birch bark baskets other containers, hunts and processes animal hides, knaps flint and manufactures stone tools and weapons,

Gardner will bring many items of interest to his presentation, which promises to be educational as well as entertaining.

Northcentral Chapter 8 is the Lycoming County chapter of The Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, Inc. which was organized in 1929 to: Promote the study of the prehistoric and historic archaeological resources of Pennsylvania and neighboring states; Encourage scientific research and discourage exploration which is unscientific or irresponsible in intent or practice; Promote the conservation of archaeological sites, artifacts, and information; Encourage the establishment and maintenance of sources of archaeological information such as museums, societies, and educational programs; Promote the dissemination of archaeological knowledge by means of publications and forums; Foster the exchange of information between the professional and the avocational archaeologists.

More information about the local chapter, Northcentral 8, also is available online at www.PennArchaeology.com, or by calling Robin Van Auken, 916-0026.