Please join us in exploring the story of the Monongahela Indians. Beginning around 1000 AD, they were the dominant Indian culture in southwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia. Their distinctive pottery, circular houses, maize dominated diet, ring-shaped village patterns and social organization provide archaeologists with an interesting picture of the lives of these people. Both their origins and disappearance will be examined. What factors played a role in the transition from living in small farmsteads growing a variety of plant foods (sunflower, maygrass, squash) to living in large stockaded villages with maize as the most important element in their diet? The mystery of what caused the demise of the Monongahela during the Protohistoric period (1590–1635 AD) has been debated and researched by archaeologists for decades. Our panel of experts will explore the archaeological record of this group and share new data and insights into these questions.
How does the story of the Monongahela differ from other Indian tribes in the Middle Atlantic region such as the Susquehannock Indians or their Delaware Indian neighbors? What role did the environment, economy and arrival of the Europeans play in the survival of these groups? These questions and many others will be explored during this fascinating program.
The day also includes a flint-knapping demonstration, instruction in recording archaeological sites and artifact identification, and admission to The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Archaeology and history enthusiasts are encouraged to attend this informative program that will provide additional insight into the story of the Monongahela Indians and Pennsylvania’s past.
Registration at the Door: $35.00 – No Discounts
Registration Fees Apply. Early Registration ends November 1. Registration will be available at the door.