PA Archaeological Site Survey Is Topic at NCC8 Event


Archaeologist Hannah Harvey, right, conducts an initial site survey at the Elk Tannery in Jamison City, PA, owned by Dr. Monte Kapec and his family. The historically significant property is used to support veterans' programs and help vets experience recreation and fellowship in a peaceful setting.

Hannah Harvey, an archaeologist with the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), will speak about the Pennsylvania Archaeological Site Survey at the upcoming meeting of Northcentral Chapter 8, Society for PA Archaeology at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 at the Taber Museum.

The SHPO program maintains Pennsylvania’s official inventory of over 25,000 recorded archaeological sites, and staff archaeologists continue to work with individuals and organizations to add to and improve our understanding of Pennsylvania archaeology through site recording.

Harvey's talk will include a brief history of site recording efforts starting in the late 1800s, a discussion of why it is important to record site locations and artifact collections, and tips & tricks for documenting sites and accessing site information.  Harvey is a member of the SPA’s Site Survey committee and will be looking for NCC8's and the community's ideas on planning survey projects.

NCC8 meetings are held the first Monday of the month during the winter at the Taber Museum, Lycoming County Historical Society, 858 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.