Meadowcroft to host archaeology day

AVELLA — As part of Pennsylvania Archaeology Month, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village will host archaeology day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in partnership with the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology

Meadowcroft, part of the Smithsonian-affiliated Senator John Heinz History Center museum system, will host experts from across the state for presentations about how archaeologists use cutting-edge technology to learn about the lives of prehistoric people.

Visitors can learn about flint knapping, a technique for making stone tools, from an expert flintknapper and prehistoric food processing using experimental technology.

In addition, visitors can bring their own American Indian artifacts for identification and analysis by experts with more than 50 years of combined experience with archaeological artifacts.

Throughout the day, Meadowcroft visitors can step inside a wigwam in a recreated 16th-century Monongahela Indian Village, watch a blacksmith forge red-hot iron in the 19th-century Meadowcroft Village, and tour the Meadowcroft Rockshelter, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest site of human habitation in North America.

All archaeology day activities are included with regular admission to Meadowcroft.

Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for senior citizens and $7 for students and children ages 6-17. Children ages 5 and under and History Center members get in free.

For information, visit or call (724) 587-3412.

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village operates in association with the Senator John Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian and Pennsylvania’s largest history museum. Meadowcroft, a National Historic Landmark, is the oldest site of human habitation in North America and features a massive rock overhang used by the region’s earliest inhabitants for shelter more than 16,000 years ago.

The 16th century Monongahela Indian Village includes wigwams, recreated prehistoric artifacts, and hands-on activities related to agriculture.

Two 18th century structures help to spotlight the similarities and differences between the everyday lives of European settlers and American Indians in the Upper Ohio Valley.

Meadowcroft’s 19th century village features a covered bridge, one-room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, and church that create a charming country village setting.