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Rockshelter Artifacts
The Meadowcroft Rockshelter represents what is presently the oldest evidence of a human presence in North America. Carbon 14 dating has shown evidence of people using this campsite 16,000 years ago.

The most common cultural features encountered by archaeologists at Meadowcroft Rockshelter are fire pits and large burned areas of fire floors, refuse and storage pits, concentrations of stone artifacts, ceramics and bone that suggest the presence of specialized work areas, and roasting pits.

The site has yielded the largest collection of flora and fauna materials ever recovered from a location in eastern North America.


The Meadowcroft Rockshelter excavation produced:

  • Artifacts (objects made or modified by people) of stone, animal bone, and wood.
  • Animal remains representing 149 species.
  • Plant remains including seeds, fruits, pollen, wood, and charcoal.
While none of this material is currently available for public viewing, the museum staff is working to develop a future exhibition which will include objects from the site.

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19th Century Village
Step back in time to experience rural life with Meadowcroft's recreated 19th century village.
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New 16th Century Indian Village
Travel 400 years into the past to explore Meadowcroft’s recreated Eastern Woodland Indian Village.
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