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Archaeology at 2018 Fort Hunter Day

September 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Archaeologists will be at Fort Hunter 10 AM-4 PM to discuss the current years excavation.

Every fall since 2006, the Archaeology Section of the State Museum of Pennsylvania has led a month-long excavation at Fort Hunter Mansion and Park in Harrisburg, PA.  On September 5th, the search for the French and Indian War-period fort will resume. While previous excavations have not been successful in locating the stockade or the blockhouse, a new year brings new opportunities and expectations that this year’s excavations will prove successful.

Our goal for this season is to expand our excavations from last year in the area immediately north of the existing mansion. Last year, we found artifacts associated with Native Americans and military, excavations will continue in this location in hopes of finding fort-related structures. Although not the focus of our research, last year’s excavation recovered extensive stratified Native American occupations, including a hearth and pottery from Native American farmers.

Come out and see what we find this year! Artifacts will be on display and archaeologists will be on hand Monday-Friday, 9 am-4:30 pm to answer questions about the site and how field archaeology is conducted. In addition to weekdays, excavation will take place on Fort Hunter Day, to be held Sunday, September 16, 2018. Excavations will close for the year on October 5, 2018.

This is a great opportunity to visit an archaeological site and experienced volunteers are always appreciated. Please contact Kurt Carr at (717)783-9926 or kcarr@pa.gov for additional information or to volunteer.

Visit the Fort Hunter Mansion and Park website for more information.


September 16, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Fort Hunter Mansion and Park
5300 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110 United States
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