Chapter 22 Meeting Announcement:


September 21, 2017

 We will meet at Lutherlyn at 6:30 p.m. Speaker to be announced.

Watch for announcements here and on our Facebook Page!


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.

Announcements from the SPA Secretary:

1. Please have all Archaeology Month events to Amanda ASAP so she can compile the Month’s calendarand get it into the newsletter. Amanda’s email:

2. The SPA Fall Newsletter deadline is September 1st.
This is a hard deadline to ensure that all members get information on Archaeology Month in a timely manner. 
We also will post events on the National Archaeology Day website for further coverage.
Please get your events to Amanda and newsletter information to me ASAP.

3. Also in the fall SPA Newsletter issue:
                ¤ Membership renewal reminder (available online at
                ¤Reports from Annual Meeting and awards for 2017.  
                ¤ Call for Papers for the Annual Meeting in DuBois, PA in 2018.
                                                 Please Note: Due to the conflict with the 2018  SAA meeting, the SPA meeting has been changed to the weekend of April 6, 7 and 8
                                                 at the same announced venue in Dubois, PA.  More details, call for papers and registration information will be
                                                 distributed in a timely format as the meeting approaches.

                ¤ Eastern States Archeological Federation 84th Annual Meeting, November 2 - 5, 2017 in New London, CT.
                                   The meeting registration form can be found via a link on the SPA website.
¤ Archaeology Month events:

                                     • Workshops in Archaeology registration information from the State Museum
                                       The State Museum of Pennsylvania’s, Workshops in Archaeology program is scheduled for
                                       October 28, 2017 in Harrisburg. Our theme this year is Ethnicity in the Archaeological Record.

               ¤ Farm Show 2018 Planning information and call for SPA volunteers
               ¤ Report on the SPA bus trip.
¤ Any chapter news or site reports and member activities are always welcome.

Send news and announcements to our SPA Secretary, Judy Duritsa: 

     Featured Websites:

New Archaeology Events Posted!

For more details:

Grave Creek Archaeological Complex 2017 Archaeological Lecture and Film Series Presents:
“Hopewell Geometry, Astronomy, and the Marietta Earthworks”

by Wesley Clark, Resident Archaeologist and Manager of Collections at The Castle Museum in Marietta, OH
Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:00pm
Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, Moundsville, OH

Fort Hunter Archaeology
September 6th through October 6th, 2017

The Section of Archaeology at the State Museum will be conducting their excavation at Fort Hunter Mansion & Park. The public is welcome to visit and archaeologists will be on site, weekdays

between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Second Annual Workshop in Archaeology
“Experimental Archaeology: How We Know What We Know”
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Meadowcroft Museum, Avella, PA
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

North Fork Chapter 29 Annual Picnic
Sunday, October 15th
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
The park is located on Route 28, 1/8 mile south of
1-80 exit 81 at 560, PA Route 28, Brookville, PA.

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,

What's Happening with Allegheny Chapter 1:

Meeting: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

“Study of Terrestrial Gastropods, i.e. Shell-Bearing Land Snails Excavated

from the Consol Site, 36WM100”
Kathy J. Rygle, Westmoreland Archaeological Society, Chapter 23

 Land snails have been underexploited as diagnostic artifacts at archaeological sites, many times because

they were not saved during excavation. We are fortunate, thanks to the effort of all who worked on the

Consol site,36WM100, that a large number of snail shells, one of the more common subsets in the faunal

assemblage, were preserved, and the context in which they were found documented. The shells form the

larger species of snails were recovered either by hand or by use of a ¼ inch (6.35 mm) steel hardwire cloth

during feature excavation. These amounted to over 10,000 specimens recovered from 272 of the 1300

features excavated. Likewise, many smaller species and juveniles are to be found preserved in flotation

samples. Flotation samples are available from 338 features, 225 of those samples contain at least one snail

shell, many contain hundreds. Micro snails down to 0.2 mm have been recorded.

  Find out the latest news in Archaeology:

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

Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, Inc.