The Chapter recently updated and published our glossy tri-fold informational brochure. If you need copies of these or some of the SPA membership brochures, or state archaeological information leaflets for distribution at an event or program. Please contact Cheryl Burkett.
The North Fork Chapter has decided to host the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology Meeting on April 13,14 and 15, 2018 at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Dubois, PA.
A Note from the President
The great news is that with over 50 members, our chapter continues to be one of the largest and most active in the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology. The good news is that we still can grow and have a lot of interesting and upcoming projects ahead.
¨ In May we are looking forward to beginning excavations at the 2nd rockshelter at the Scripture Rocks Heritage Park and I certainly expect the unusual and unexpected finds as found in the adjacent rockshelter last fall to continue at this site.
¨ When the shelters are completed we plan to install 3 additional interpretative panels at the park one of which will present how rockshelters were used as temporary campsites and the others to present the findings at each of the shelters and discuss the eras of occupation and what information we can glean from the artifacts. By installing safe trails to the overhangs and making them as safe as possible they can be part of future educational programming at the park.
¨ I would like to plan a Chapter picnic at the park in May or early June possibly during the excavation. If interested in helping—let me know.
¨ The Annual Antique Rifle and Indian Artifact Show is scheduled for Saturday, September 2nd. Last year for the first time we permitted individuals wishing to sell authentic artifacts to set up and had a lot of interest. This will continue this coming year and those selling will be charged a $25 table fee which goes to the Chapter. Exhibitor tables are free as always. As usual we will be having the atlatl competition and tomahawk throwing. We always need flintknappers and raffle items. We are currently planning a special kids workshop area on petroglyphs.
¨ Our biggest upcoming project is hosting the 2018 annual meeting of the Society For Pennsylvania Archaeology in April 2018 in Dubois. Help in planning and making the meeting work is needed in a lot of areas and I hope we can count on you to be part of the weekend. Everyone should consider going to the SPA meeting in Harrisburg this year.
If you have thoughts or ideas on programs, events, activities or anything that can help make the chapter better, please send me your thoughts.
Ken Burkett, Chapter President