Jan’s lectures paint a vivid picture in “down to earth” terms, beginning with Pennsylvania’s first humans ever to see the beautiful Susquehanna River valley over 15,000 years ago. Learn how indigenous people evolved into farmers, and numbered in the tens of thousands. Pennsylvania is extremely rich with evidence of prehistoric (before a written language) Indian cultures. Easily learned methods of recording and preserving artifacts will be discussed in detail. Artifacts recovered from local sites are displayed and are included in a hands-on segment. Ultimately, every listener will discover why Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna Valley is the most significant archaeological area in the United States!
Conejohela Chapter 28, of the Society of Pennsylvania Archaeology (S.P.A.) is a non-profit organization which promotes the advancement of archaeological investigations and preservations of both historic and prehistoric materials. Public education and celebrations of various cultures both past and present are achieved by lectures, special events and hands on workshops offered to anyone interested in local archaeology or history.
Our chapter emphasizes the importance of cataloging and recording artifacts of excavated sites and helping others document their collections.
For scheduled meetings or events visit us on Facebook: York and Lancaster Archaeology-SPA Chapter 28.
Our chapter meets the 3rd Sunday of every month, 1 PM, November – February, 4 PM March – October at the Columbia Historic Preservation Society’s Banner Hall located at 21 North 2nd Street, Columbia, Pennsylvania 17512.
Recent Archaeology Site
Sept. 2016 Chapter 28 members assembled to excavate a privy on the property of Friends Meeting House in York. The historical background of the property proved to be very exciting and many historical artifacts were uncovered. The York Meeting House is a historic Quaker house located at 134 West Philadelphia Street in York, PA. It was built in 1766 and expanded in 1783. The original building was a two-bay brick structure with a gable roof. Many artifacts ranging from glassware, old bottles, ceramics, bricks, old leather shoes, buttons, nails, etc. These items will be returned to the Meeting house ( once cleaned and cataloged) to be placed on display.