Ohio Valley Chapter 22 meetings are held on the

THIRD Wednesday of each month at this GPS location:

Camp Lutherlyn
500 Lutherlyn Ln
Butler, PA 16001

Social time at 6:30 pm; program at 7:00 pm

April 7-9, 2017

"Patterning the Past: Current Contributions to Pennsylvania Archaeology"

Hosted by, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

Radisson Hotel Harrisburg
1150 Camp Hill Bypass
Camp Hill, PA 17011

Room Rate is $93 single, $103 double plus tax (free parking) guaranteed until March 7, 2017.
Guests should call the hotel directly for reservations at 717-763-7117 and identify as SPA.
48 hour cancellation notice required or there will be a “no-show” fee equal to one night’s room charge

Friday Afternoon PAC symposium:
"Public outreach- Preserving the Past with New Technology"
Bernard Means, organizer

Check out the Archaeology Channel:

Take a look at the Archaeological Conservancy:

Links for Archaeological Societies in our neighboring states

and other resources:

Chapter 22 Meeting Announcement:


March 15, 2016

Our March meeting is this Wednesday, the 15th. 

Brian Fritz will present the program:

Digging into Quarry Sites: New Methods for Understanding Prehistoric Mined Landscapes

Abstract: Prehistoric quarry sites typically contain large quantities of broken and fractured rock fragments.  Quarry pits and mine spoils often converge and overlap, forming complex landscapes that are difficult to unravel.  Archaeologists have struggled to find meaningful and cost effective ways to analyze quarry sites, with marginal success.  Archaeological excavations near Glens Falls, New York uncovered evidence of prehistoric mine pits, chert quarry debris, and bedrock surfaces that were intensively battered with stone hammers.  The excavation used new methods for classifying quarry sites and analyzing quarry debris.  This new approach promises to provide a better understanding of how prehistoric quarry sites develop and evolve over time.

Brian L. Fritz is the Principle Archaeological Investigator for Quemahoning, LLC, a cultural resources consulting business that specializes in industrial archaeology, paleo-landscape geomorphology, and GIS solutions for archaeological problems.  Mr. Fritz has earned a B.S. in geology and a B.A. in Anthropology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and M.S. in Geology at the University of Akron.  He has found GIS to be an essential tool for completing archaeological and geological research projects.

We will meet at Lutherlyn at 7 p.m. with a social time starting at 6:30 p.m. 

Bring a guest if you’d like.  Actually, guests are welcome at all meetings. 

If the weather is really bad, please check your email to see if we have canceled the meeting.

 Our program chair, Dr. Aksel Casson, has a great line-up of speakers for the spring. 

Bill Black, from the Venango Chapter, will be our speaker in April and

Dr. Beverly Chiarulli, professor emeritus from IUP, will be speaking to us in May. 

June will be our annual picnic.

Coming up in April is the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology 88th annual meeting.  It is being held April 7-9, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in Camp Hill, PA.  Room rates are $93 single and $103 double.  These rates are guaranteed until March 7, 2017.  The theme of this year’s meeting is Patterning the Past: Current Contributions to Pennsylvania Archaeology.  It is being hosted by The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.  There will be a Friday Afternoon PAC symposium:  Public outreach- Preserving the Past with New Technology, organized by Bernard Means.  Check out the blog on the PHMC website about last year’s meeting:  http://twipa.blogspot.com/2016_04_01_archive.html

The physical address for GPS purposes is 500 Lutherlyn Lane,  Butler, PA 16001.

 Our meetings are always free and open to the public.



The program will start at 7 p.m. as usual and is being held in the Redwood building located three buildings down on the right when you get back into the main part of Lutherlyn, which is approximately a mile from the entrance off Dick Road.  There is a small parking lot that says "loading & unloading" and "handicap" right next to Redwood building.  There are only 5-6 spaces there, and we can use all of them, but no more than that will fit in there, so please reserve these for people that need close parking or to unload items and then move to another spot.

Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology
was founded in 1929 through the efforts of individuals who recognized the importance of Pennsylvania's archaeological heritage.

Included in the SPA's stated goals are:

  • To promote the scientific study of archaeological resources in Pennsylvania.
  • To promote the conservation of archaeological sites, artifacts, and information
  • To disseminate archaeological knowledge and to encourage the exchange of information between amateur and professional archaeologists.
  • To promote the conservation of archaeological sites, artifacts, and information here.

SPA publishes an excellent journal published twice a year and

is included in SPA membership dues.

More information about archaeology is available at the SPA website, www.pennsylvaniaarchaeology.com

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