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October 28, 2023

The State Museum of Pennsylvania
300 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0024

In association with:
Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation
Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology
Pennsylvania Archaeological Council

Discovering the Past: The Sciences of Archaeology

Archaeology is the study of past people and cultures through objects preserved and excavated from the ground. These material remains allow archaeologists to reconstruct the activities and lifeways of people, from our earliest inhabitants to present. Archaeologists also incorporate scientific methods and rely on other disciplines to help tell a more complete story. Technical applications such as radiocarbon dating (C14), analysis of plant and animal remains, soil chemistry, geospatial data, and non-intrusive survey methods such as Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), are just a few examples that archaeologists draw upon. In addition, refinements in scientific methods are applied to reexamine artifacts already in museum storage. Studies such as these have furthered our understanding of change over time and the adaptation and movement of people across the landscape.

This year’s Workshops in Archaeology will feature experts in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), C14 dating, GPR survey, geoarchaeology, and more. Please join us as we explore how these specialized analyses are conducted and how the results enhance our understanding of the environmental and human past.

Registration Fees

$15.00  -  Pennsylvania Archaeological Council (PAC) Members

$15.00  -  Society For Pennsylvania Archaeology (SPA) Members

$15.00  -  Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Members 

$15.00  -  Students 

$35.00  -  Registration at Door - NO DISCOUNTS


2023 Workshops in Archaeology

Saturday, October 28, 2023
9:00 am5:00 pm
The State Museum of Pennsylvania, 400 North Street, Harrisburg PA 17120
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Bagged Lunches are available for $8.50 and must be pre-ordered and paid in advance by Friday, October 20th.
Lunches are prepared by Yellow Bird Café, Harrisburg, PA and include sandwich and chips. You can add a cookie for $1.75.

  • Option #1: Chicken Caesar Wrap  (chicken, lettuce, tomato, Caesar dressing, whole wheat wrap & chips)
  • Option #2: Vegetable Wrap  (tomato, cucumber, roasted red peppers, banana peppers, guacamole, spinach, provolone, whole wheat wrap & chips).
  • Option #3: Turkey and Arugula Sandwich  (oven roasted turkey, provolone, garlic, aioli, arugula, tomato, ciabatta roll & chips) 
  • Option #4: Chicken Salad Sandwich  (diced chicken in mayo mixture with grapes, apples, dried cranberries, leaf lettuce, ciabatta roll & chips)
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For more information, please contact The State Museum of Pennsylvania at 717-787-4980.



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