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Archaeology Month Poster Now Available!

To get your 2014 Archaeology Month poster, please contact Kurt Carr or Janet Johnson at 717.783.9926


Brochures and Other Items Available for Download

The Mystery of the Monongahela Indians (PDF, 3.2 MB) A 24-page booklet describing the culture of the Monongahela Indians found in Western Pennsylvania.

Indian Lifeways (PDF, 355 KB) A chart summarizing Pennsylvania prehistory and history, showing changes in spear and arrow point styles over time.

Archaeology Crossword Puzzle (PDF, 51 KB)

Vocabulary Sheet (PDF, 28 KB)

The PHMC creates and distributes many brochures about varying topics in archaeology. Below you can find links to PDF versions of these brochures. Just click on the brochure image to view or right click and "Save As" to save a copy. (Mac Users: Hold Control and click, then select "Save File As")



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Below are just a few examples of the many titles available.

Jay F. Custer, 2001. This comprehensive guide provides a clear and concise method for identifying - in most cases - the age and origin of arrowheads and spearpoints found in Pennsylvania and the surrounding middle Atlantic region. Includes extensive drawings of projectiles, and an easy-to-use classification guide. This book will be an invaluable resource for both amateur and professional archaeologists. 142 pp., 8 1/2 x 11. paperback



Paul A. Raber and Verna L. Cowin, eds., 2003. The papers in this volume reflect a range of recent thought and research in what Raber describes as the most "enigmatic periods of Pennsylvania's prehistory." The papers were chosen to represent a variety of viewpoints and approaches to the period, and include evidence from all parts of the Commonwealth. This volume will be of interest to archaeologist and students of archaeology. (PHMC in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Archaeological Council). 142 pp., 8 1/2 x 11, illus. paperback



Paul A. W. Wallace, 1987. This book describes and maps ancient Indian trails throughout Pennsylvania, bringing to readers a history and guide to these historic paths. 227 pp., 8 1/2 x I 1, append., biblio., foreword, index, illus. paperback


Edited by Bernard K. Means, 2013. Shovel Ready provides a comprehensive lens through which to view the New Deal period, a fascinating and prolific time in American archaeology. 328 pp., illus. paperback or ebook. Available from the University of Alabama Press.