- Oct 28, 2023
- Times: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Venue: The State Museum of Pennsylvania
300 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120
- Admission: $25.00 Early Registration (by October 20) $15.00 PA Archaeological Council (PAC) & Society for PA Archaeology (SPA) Members $15.00 PA Heritage Foundation Members $15.00 Students $35.00 Day of Registration at the Door – no discounts
- Phone: (717) 787-4980
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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.