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Protect and record prehistoric artifacts

Do you know what to do when you find an arrowhead in the cornfield? What should you do if you find relics of ancient people when you’re exploring in the woods? Who owns the past and how can you help protect it?

This, plus many more questions about archaeology and how prehistoric artifacts should be recorded and protected, are the topic of an upcoming presentation at the meeting for the Northcentral Chapter 8, Society for PA Archaeology.

Hannah Harvey, an archaeologist with the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), will speak about the Pennsylvania Archaeological Site Survey at 7 p.m. Monday at the Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society, 858 W. Fourth St.

The 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 and 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. Harvey is the Cultural Resources GIS Specialist Archaeological Outreach Coordinator for the state.

Learn more about the group, join or make a donation online at PennArchaeology.com.

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